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Kentucky fans are known throughout the country for their support of their Wildcats. Each Saturday during the fall, the Big Blue Nation puts that passion into practice and transforms Commonwealth Stadium into the third-largest city in the Bluegrass.

FROM GAME DAY TO SOCIAL MEDIA, and everywhere in between, the Big Blue Nation always makes its presence felt. Mark Stoops has learned as much in his first year at Kentucky, sensing the impact of UK fans at every turn.

It started with his introductory press conference, where hundreds packed the Nutter Training Facility to hear his vision and thousands more followed along from home. It continued at the Blue/White Spring Game, where more than 50,000 fans packed Commonwealth to catch a glimpse of the Wildcats.

As remarkable as the support has been during the Stoops era, Kentucky fans have a track record that extends well beyond the last few months.

Thousands of fans line the Cat Walk to greet players and coaches as they walk to home games, which serves a precursor for the in-game atmosphere that has helped carry the Cats to many a victory. Since Commonwealth expanded in 1999, UK has ranked in the nation’s top 25 in attendance 11 times.