Kroger Field

Stadium at the University of Kentucky

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Kroger Field
C. M. Newton Grounds
Exterior of the stadium
Kroger Field is located in Kentucky
Kroger Field
Kroger Field
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Kroger Field is located in the United States
Kroger Field
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Former namesCommonwealth Stadium (1973–2017)
Location1540 University Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Coordinates38°1′22″N 84°30′19″W / 38.02278°N 84.50528°W / 38.02278; -84.50528Coordinates: 38°1′22″N 84°30′19″W / 38.02278°N 84.50528°W / 38.02278; -84.50528
OwnerUniversity of Kentucky
OperatorUniversity of Kentucky
Capacity61,000 (2015–present)
62,093 (2014)[1]
67,942 (2009–2013)
67,606 (2003–2008)
67,530 (1999–2002)
55,453 (1998)
57,800 (1991–1997)
56,696 (1979–1990)
58,000 (1973–1978)
SurfaceS5 Synthetic Turf (2015–present)[2]
Kentucky bluegrass (1973–2014)
Broke groundJuly 23, 1972[3]
OpenedSeptember 15, 1973[6]
Construction cost$12 million
($69.1 million in 2019 dollars[4])
RossTarrant Architects[5]
General contractorHuber, Hunt & Nichols[6]
Kentucky Wildcats (NCAA) (1973–present)

Kroger Field, formerly known as 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 is located at the corner of Alumni Drive and University Drive in Lexington. The playing surface is named C.M. Newton Grounds 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 the stadium's first game, played on September 15, 1973, the Wildcats defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 31–26

  1. ^ "2014 Kentucky Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "University of Kentucky Selects UBU Sports Synthetic Turf for Their New Stadium Improvements". UBU Sports. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Stadium 35th anniversary". Kentucky Sports Network. July 28, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
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  6. ^ a b "Commonwealth Stadium". University of Kentucky Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.

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