LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football’s promotional schedule has been announced for the Wildcats’ eight home games at Kroger Field in 2019.
UK – fresh off a 10-3 season that culminated in a VRBO Citrus Bowl championship – will be seeking to build on the program’s most successful year in four decades. Kentucky has now tied or exceeded its win total from the previous season in every year of Mark Stoops’ tenure in Lexington, which began in 2013.
The Wildcats will face an attractive though challenging schedule in 2019. Southeastern Conference foes Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee will visit Lexington and the regular season will conclude when UK seeks to defend the Governor’s Cup against rival Louisville.
Toledo – Aug. 31 at noon
UK will welcome Toledo to Kroger Field for both teams’ season opener on Aug. 31. The game will also mark Houston Hogg Day, as UK football will celebrate one of the four men who broke the color barrier in SEC football. A statue honoring Hogg, along with fellow trailblazers Nate Northington, Greg Page and Wilbur Hackett, stands outside the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.
The season opener will also be Dance Day. More information about the event will be announced soon.
Eastern Michigan – Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
UK Athletics is proud to honor all active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders on Heroes’ Day. Among the tentative plans for Heroes’ Day are a football-field sized American flag for the national anthem, which will be presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, recognition of personnel throughout the game and military VIPs in attendance. The Wildcat Marching Band will also perform at halftime accompanied by pyrotechnics, paying special tribute to military.
Through a new partnership with GovX, UK Athletics is pleased to offer members of Heroes’ Day groups one complimentary ticket to the game in addition to specially priced guest tickets by purchasing at UKathletics.com/GovX, while supplies last. Please note, this offer will be available beginning Tuesday, July 2 at 9 a.m. ET and is exclusively available online through GovX in advance of game day. UK Athletics will continue to honor these groups throughout the 2019 season by extending specially priced ticket offers through GovX to most home football games, while supplies last. Click here to learn more about Kentucky’s partnership with GovX.
Kentucky football will also celebrate the first-ever Scout Day for the Eastern Michigan game. Sit together with fellow scouts, friends and family while supporting Kentucky Scout groups. Specially priced $20 tickets will be available for Scouts and family members in advance of game day. Custom UK football Scout Day patches will be handed out at the game to the first 500 attendees. Scout groups that purchase 15 tickets or more will be specially recognized on the scoreboard during the game. All scouts and leaders in uniform will be invited onto the field for a postgame photo. Tickets are limited, so interested scouts and groups are encouraged to buy their tickets quickly.
For more information, contact Drew Herrick at Drew.Herrick@uky.edu or (800) 928-2287 (Option 1). Patch pickup information will be communicated to all purchasers. Patches will be available on game day at Kroger Field, while supplies last.
Finally, High School Band Day will take place on Sept. 7. The annual event will bring together more than 500 high school students from across the state of Kentucky to perform at halftime. Contact Dana Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org with the UK Band for more information on how to participate. Special ticket pricing will be available to family members in attendance.
Florida – Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
The University of Kentucky’s annual Ag Roundup and Family Weekend festivities will coincide with the Florida game. Ag Roundup will take place Sept. 11-14, and welcomes alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The weekend will feature live music, food, yard games and more. For more information about Ag Roundup, visit alumni.ca.uky.edu. Family Weekend will be held Sept. 13-15. Hosted by the UK Parent & Family Association, Family Weekend welcomes families of UK students to campus for a weekend full of fall activities. For more information about Family Weekend, visit uky.edu/FamilyWeekend.
Family weekend guests may purchase tickets to Kentucky's football game vs. Florida at an exclusive rate, beginning on July 8, while supplies last. For more information, contact the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287 (Option 2).
UK will also welcome a new class of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame as part of Hall of Fame Weekend, with the inductees recognized on the field during the game. This year’s inductees are DeMarcus Cousins (men's basketball), Henri Junghänel (rifle), A'dia Mathies (women's basketball), Vic Nelson (cross country/track and field), Don Weber (cross country/track and field) and Andre' Woodson (football).
Arkansas – Oct. 12 (time TBA)
UK’s 104th annual Homecoming will take place as the Wildcats play their first game at Kroger Field in nearly a month. Fellow alumni and friends will gather in Lexington for fun and fellowship as UK will celebrate the 104th University of Kentucky Homecoming. Visit UKHomecoming.com for more information as well as a schedule of events.
As part of Teacher Appreciation Day at Kroger Field, UK will participate in the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week. Extra Yard for Teachers elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.
All teachers, in addition to University of Kentucky faculty & staff, will be able to purchase specially priced $35 tickets to Kentucky football’s game vs. Arkansas. This offer is exclusively available online in advance of game day at UKathletics.com/EYFT. For more information contact Ben Boaz at Ben.Boaz@uky.edu or (800) 928-2287 (Option 1). Purchases are restricted to those with Kentucky public school email address domains (“@COUNTY.kyschools.us”). University of Kentucky faculty & staff purchases are restricted to those with a UK email address (“@uky.edu”). To add you school or school district’s email domain to the list of eligible purchasers, contact Ben Boaz at Ben.Boaz@uky.edu or (800) 928-2287 (Option 1).
Missouri – Oct. 26 (time TBA)
Alumni Band Day will take place at Kroger Field on Oct. 26. The University of Kentucky Alumni Band Association, is one of the largest and most active alumni associations on campus. Each year, the UK Alumni Band organizes a reunion where they perform with the Wildcat Marching Band at a home football game. Specially priced tickets will be available to participants and their guests for Kentucky’s game vs. Missouri. For more information and to purchase, contact Nathan Darce by email at Nathan.Darce@uky.edu.
Join UK Athletics for its first ever Fellowship Day at Kroger Field. Individuals and groups from all faiths and belief systems are invited to share fellowship with one another at Kentucky’s game vs. Missouri. Ticket holders will gain access to an exclusive pregame speaking event discussing the importance of fellowship in athletics and how that fellowship can make the world a better place. More information about the speaking event will be available this fall.
Specially priced tickets for Fellowship Day are available for $35. For more information, contact Ryan Springer at Ryan.Springer@uky.edu or (800) 928-2287 (Option 1).
Tennessee – Nov. 9 (time TBA)
UK Athletics will pay special tribute to veterans as part of Kentucky football’s annual Salute to Veterans game. More details about this event will be available later this fall.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Chairs of Honor, dedicated during the 2018 season by Rolling Thunder, a non-profit organization dedicated to publicizing the POW/MIA issue. Chairs of Honor are empty black stadium chairs with a plaque dedicating each one to the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, have been held Prisoner of War, are listed as Missing in Action and those currently serving. These Chairs of Honor are located in each corner of the upper concourse of Kroger Field.
Through a brand new partnership with GovX, UK Athletics is pleased to offer current and former military members specially priced guest tickets by purchasing at UKathletics.com/GovX, while supplies last. Please note, this offer is exclusively available online through GovX in advance of game day. Click here to learn more about Kentucky’s partnership with GovX.
Schools around the nation are excited to celebrate College Football’s 150th anniversary in 2019. The College Football 150 celebration, sponsored by the National Football Foundation, will showcase the rich history and traditions of the sport and its contribution to American society and culture, while also promoting the opportunity it continues to provide to thousands of student-athletes across all levels of the sport.
UT Martin – Nov. 23 (time TBA)
Kentucky will host Youth Sports & Activities Day for its game vs. UT Martin. Youth athletes or youth club members can purchase specially priced $10 tickets, with family and friend tickets priced at $20. Two youth football organizations will be chosen to play a halftime scrimmage on the field, and all other organizations in attendance will be recognized on the video board.
For more information contact Michael Martin at Michael.Martin@uky.edu or (800) 928-2287 (Option 1).
Louisville – Nov. 30 (time TBA)
Kentucky football will celebrate its 2019 senior class at Senior Day as the Wildcats seek to take down rival Louisville for the second season in a row.
In addition to these special promotional day offers, UK Athletics offers groups of 15 or more access to special pricing for games at Kroger Field in 2019.