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An updated look at construction on UK's renovated Commonwealth Stadium

Work on the Alumni Drive  side of Commonwealth Stadium continued on Monday. UK's 41-year-old football stadium is undergoing a $120 million face lift. "The entire exterior stadium will have a new look," assistant athletics director Tony Neely said.
Work on the Alumni Drive side of Commonwealth Stadium continued on Monday. UK's 41-year-old football stadium is undergoing a $120 million face lift. "The entire exterior stadium will have a new look," assistant athletics director Tony Neely said. Herald-Leader

The University of Kentucky's renovated Commonwealth Stadium is on track to be finished in time for the first home football game of the 2015 season on Sept. 5.

Tony Neely, assistant athletics director at the University of Kentucky, said the $120 million renovation is still on schedule. Since the last home football game on Nov. 8, Neely said construction has been underway on parts of the stadium that were used during the season, such as the concourses, which include restrooms and concessions.

While that part of the project is focused on rebuilding, crews have been working on building the new parts of the stadium all year, including the new press box and suite boxes at the top south side of the stadium.

The project was approved by the state in January 2013, and construction began in December 2013.

"The entire exterior stadium will have a new look," Neely said. "Some of that is already in place, featuring Kentucky limestone."

He said he's excited about a lot of things with the renovations. While he said it'll be very functional for the fans on the inside, it'll be very attractive on the outside.

"It's going to bring a modern new look to the stadium," Neely said.

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