Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)
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|C.M. Newton Field|
|Location||1540 University Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40506|
|Owner||University of Kentucky|
|Operator||University of Kentucky|
|Surface||UBU-Intensity Series-S5-M Synthetic Turf (2015-present)
|Broke ground||July 23, 1972|
|Opened||September 15, 1973|
|Construction cost||$12 million
($64 million in 2016 dollars)
|General contractor||Huber, Hunt & Nichols|
|Kentucky Wildcats football (NCAA) (1973–present)|
Commonwealth Stadium is a stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, United States, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky that primarily serves as the home field for the Kentucky Wildcats football team. The stadium, named for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, opened in 1973 to replace the smaller Stoll Field/McLean Stadium. The field is named C.M. Newton Field in honor of retired UK athletic director and former baseball and basketball player C.M. Newton.
Built in 1973, it is the newest football stadium in the Southeastern Conference, as measured by date of original construction. The original capacity for the stadium was 57,800. In Commonwealth's first game, played on September 15, 1973, the Wildcats defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 31–26, as quarterback Ernie Lewis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another touchdown to lead the Wildcats.
In 1999 both ends of the stadium were enclosed and 40 suites were added, 10 in each corner of the stadium, resulting in a symmetrical oval bowl seating 67,530. The total cost of the expansion was $27.6 million. Seating adjustments over the next decade brought capacity to 67,942. During the 1999 season, Kentucky's average home attendance for football games was 67,756. Attendance for the game against Tennessee that year was 71,022, which remained the record attendance until the Wildcats' 2007 game against Florida drew 71,024.
Since 1999, fireworks have been shot from atop the suites when the Wildcats take the field, as well as after every Wildcat score and win.
In July 2011, the University of Kentucky announced a massive audio and video upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium. These upgrades include two LED video boards each measuring approximately 37 feet (11 m) high by 80 feet (24 m) wide (2,960 square feet), making each display the 20th-largest scoreboard in the country. Combined, the 5,920 square feet (550 m2) will make the new video boards one of the largest scoreboard systems in the country. Additionally, a new custom audio system and over 1,800 linear sq/ft of video ribbon board will be implemented by September 10, 2011.
The approximate cost of the upgrades total close to $6 million.
The stadium recently underwent a $110 million renovation. The renovation includes a new press box, loge box seats, club seats, recruiting room, suites, concourses, bathrooms, lights and exterior facade while reducing capacity to around 61,000. The project was completed before the start of the 2015 season. It is particularly referred to as "The New Commonwealth Stadium".
|Record description||Record||Record holder(s)||Date||Opponent||Final Score|
|Most rushing yards, game||272 yds||Moe Williams||November 11, 1995||Cincinnati||33-14|
|Most passing yards, game||528 yds||Jared Lorenzen||October 21, 2000||Georgia||30-32|
|Most receptions, game||16||Craig Yeast||November 14, 1998||Vanderbilt||55-17|
|Most receiving yards, game||269 yds||Craig Yeast||November 14, 1998||Vanderbilt||55-17|
|Longest run from line of scrimmage||88 yds||Jalen Whitlow||November 2, 2013||Alabama State||48-14|
|Longest pass play||91 yds||Buck Belue^ to Amp Arnold^||October 25, 1980||Georgia||0-27|
|Longest field goal||54 yds||Hap Hines^||October 26, 1996||Georgia||24-17|
|Longest Punt||86 yds||Donnie Jones^||November 9, 2002||LSU||30-33|
|Longest Kickoff Return||100 yds||Willie Shelby^
|September 22, 1973
October 9, 2004
September 19, 2009
|Longest Punt Return||84 yds||Rafael Little||November 18, 2006||Louisiana-Monroe||42-40|
|Longest Interception Return||91 yds||Greg Long||September 5, 1981||North Texas State||28-6|
|Most Points Scored||77||Kentucky||September 7, 2002||UTEP||77-17|
|Most overtimes||7*||Kentucky||November 1, 2003||Arkansas||63-71|
^ Denotes Non-Kentucky Player
* Tied the NCAA record for most overtimes
- Kentucky Wildcats football
- Bluegrass Miracle
- 2003 Arkansas vs. Kentucky football game, a game at Commonwealth that took seven overtime procedures to decide
- Stoll Field/McLean Stadium
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- "University of Kentucky Selects UBU Sports Synthetic Turf for Their New Stadium Improvements". UBU Sports. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
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- "Commonwealth Stadium". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
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