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Kentucky has received approval for a $110 million renovation of football facilities, including Commonwealth Stadium. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and completion is targeted for 2015. The project is in the design process and shown here is an artist conception of what the stadium exterior might look like.

Artist rendering of the Commonwealth Stadium expansion

In the coming years, Commonwealth Stadium will undergo a dramatic facelift, providing Wildcat players and fans alike with first-class amenities worthy of UKs elite status as a Southeastern Conference football program.

The WildcatADDING TO GROWING EXCITEMENT surrounding Kentucky football since Mark Stoops was named head football coach in December 2012 was the news several months later that Commonwealth Stadium would be renovated as part of a multimillion dollar football facilities package.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law in Feburary 2013, approving President Eli Capilouto’s proposal to self-finance a $275-milion transformation of the the UK campus. The plan includes three projects, one of which is the long-pursued renovation of Commonwealth Stadium.

Planned additions to the stadium through the project include a multi-purpose recruiting room, new home team and press facilities, a team store and a new full-service kitchen. Nutter Training Facility – the hub of UK football – will also be upgraded.

The overhaul of Commonwealth Stadium will mark a reinvention of the game-day atmosphere at the longtime home of the Wildcats. The project is expected to be completed before the start of the 2015 season, but Kentucky will be able to play its home games in the stadium during construction.