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Former Kentucky linebacker Terry Clayton, who is deaf, could not hear the roar of the crowd at Commonwealth Stadium. ”But,“ Clayton said. ”I can feel the rumble.“

The WildcatTHE ONLY PLACE in the state of Kentucky to watch head-to-head Southeastern Conference football, Commonwealth Stadium has been the proud home of the Wildcats since the facility was officially opened on Sept. 15, 1973. Kentucky defeated Virginia Tech in the stadium opener, 31-26, as quarterback Ernie Lewis rans for two touchdowns and threw for another.

The playing field was named C.M. Newton Field, in honor of the former UK director of athletics, 2001.

Since 1999, when the stadium underwent major expansion, UK has averaged 64,828 fans per game and ranked in the nation’s top 25 teams in attendance for 11 seasons. Every single game and season attendance record has been broken in recent years.

The most recent of many upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium was in 2011 as new video boards were installed in each end zone of the stadium. The two boards, each measuring by 39 by 79 feet, bring a total of 5,162 square feet of video capability to the stadium. Along with the video boards, a “ribbon board” was installed around the upper deck of the stadium, adding more information and enjoyment to the fan experience.