It seems the entire Kentucky athletics department has co-opted head football coach Mark Stoops' "All In" mantra when it comes to completing Commonwealth Stadium.
As the clock ticks down until the renovated venue is open for the Cats' first home football game on Saturday night, hundreds of UK athletes and staff members have gone over to pitch in.
"It's been an unbelievable response," Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said of the extra hands putting the finishing touches on the $120 million facility.
"Most of the time you wouldn't see that at a lot of schools. Our folks have come. Our staff response, our students' response to help out: off-the-charts good. Their work ethic: tremendous."
In a news conference with several local and university officials Wednesday, Barnhart addressed many concerns about the stadium and its game readiness.
A vast majority of fans will see a finished product Saturday night, but he admitted there are parts that will have to wait.
"There will be a lot of man hours the next 72 hours or less now to get us to kickoff on Saturday night," he said. "Then we'll sort of push the reset button after the game."
Kentucky will have two weeks to address remaining details while the Cats travel to South Carolina on Sept. 12. The next home game is Sept. 19 versus Florida, which is scheduled to be a big recruiting weekend.
In the short term, Barnhart said there have been about 75 staff members and athletes in the new stadium every night trying to do what they can to get it ready for game day.
"They come in and they don't just stand around," said Barnhart, who said he walked 31,000 steps on his Fitbit the day before doing stadium work. "They work hard. Some of our staff went into stairwells and were Shop-Vacing stairwells and it was pretty hot in there. And I tell you, they just knocked it out. It's an amazing group of young people."
Coming to the stadium to work was voluntary, Barnhart said.
"Coaches said, 'If you want to come, we'd really appreciate it.'" Barnhart said. "And they all came. It was incredible."
When asked specifically what still has to be finished at the stadium, Barnhart said, "It's still a moving target."
The fans' seats will be ready to go, he said, as are all of the team areas and the new recruiting room.
"Obviously one of the huge goals was to make sure that concessions and food was right," he said. "So we're working really hard at that. I could go down the list. It's an extensive list. But again, I think the goal was to get the team in and get the fans in their seats and let them have an experience of watching the game."
Parking: Previously officials said UK has lost more than 2,000 parking spaces since 2013 to federal, state and athletics construction projects. UK mitigated some of the loss by relocating game-day staff to satellite lots and creating new spaces.
But Barnhart said UK has "worked hard to minimize the impact on parking." He noted that UK offers 11,600 spots, which is nearly 20 percent of the stadium's capacity.
Of the five Southeastern Conference schools UK surveyed, Kentucky is the only one to offer free single-game parking and parking in such close proximity. "Our parking actually stacks up pretty well," he said.
Wireless: Upgrading the wireless at the stadium was not a part of this project, Barnhart said. He noted that AT&T and Verizon both have come in and increased cell-service signals and that a data system has been put in place.
"That should give everybody the ability to communicate within the stadium," he said. "Wireless is something that will come. It's on our radar screen, no pun intended."
Chair-backs: It's in UK's long-term plan to finish the entire stadium in chair-back seats or bleacher-back seats in the next year or so, Barnhart said.
"Just have it all be in blue," he said. "To be honest with you, within the finances of the project things just got tight, and we wanted to make sure we got done what we intended to do initially. We'll come back and get the rest of that a little bit later on."