Caturday reminders: everything students need to know to prepare for football season


Members of the University of Kentucky Football Team hangout on the field during the media day at Kroger Field on Sunday July 30, 2017 in Lexington, KY.

Bailey Vandiver

It’s almost football time here in the Bluegrass, and there are several things students need to know as they prepare for the season to start.

Students can attend each home game for only $5. If students are interested in attending every game, they can purchase vouchers for the entire season for $35 online. Upperclassmen students will use the same login and password from previous years, while new students should click “Forgot Your Password?” to set up a new account.

Students can purchase vouchers individually or for the whole season at the UK Ticket Office, located in Memorial Coliseum near the UK Bookstore. Students must have their current student ID card with them when purchasing vouchers.

K Lot is Kroger Field’s parking lot on game days, so students must move their cars, normally by the morning of the game. Students can park in other lots and parking structures on campus beginning on Friday afternoon until early Monday morning.

On game day, students must take their voucher and student ID to Kroger Field. On the voucher, it says that students will not be admitted without a student ID. Many students have walked all the way to Kroger Field only to realize they don’t have their ID and can’t get in to the game.

Students must enter Kroger Field via gate 14 or 15. Gate 15 will be faster access, but any students carrying bags into the stadium must enter through gate 14.

Beginning this season, there are more guidelines on what can and can’t be brought into Kroger Field. The Southeastern Conference has instituted a clear-bag policy for all SEC football games, according to the UK Athletics website. While game attendees may still bring a small clutch, any larger bag (anything larger than 4.5” by 6.5”) must be clear. The clear bags cannot be larger than 12” by 6” by 12”.

The NFL has had this policy for four seasons. Any UK fans who attended the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field last season had to abide by these guidelines.

In a Frequently Asked Questions section online, UK Athletics explains that the new policy improves public safety because, “the clear bag is easily searched and significantly reduces faulty bag searches. It also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign.”

Approved bags can be purchased on Amazon here.