Sports Brief: First home of UK football to receive honor

UK’s Stoll Field, home to the first football game in the southern United States, will be decorated with a historical marker Thursday.

The marker program is a joint venture of the UK Student Development Council and the Historical Marker Committee. Each year, the Student Development Council raises money from graduating students to provide a marker, which functions as a version of a senior gift.

The first game played at Stoll Field took place in 1880 before being dedicated in 1916 during a UK vs. Vanderbilt battle. It was named in honor of alumnus and long-term Board of Trustees member Judge Richard C. Stoll. It was home to Cats’ football games until the completion of Commonwealth Stadium in 1973.

Other UK historical markers include Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Lyman T. Johnson and the Main Building.