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Mitch Barnhart Says Decision hasn’t Been Made on Football Attendance

Mitch Barnhart
UK Athletics

We are a little more than two months away from the scheduled start of the Kentucky football season.

The Wildcats will kick off the 2020 season vs. Eastern Michigan at Kroger Field on Thursday, September 3.

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart spoke Monday morning during cheerleading head coach Ryan Martin O’Connor’s introductory press conference. Barnhart says a decision hasn’t been made regarding attendance this season.

We’re working our way through all those details,” Barnhart said. “I think there’s going to be clearly conversations as it relates to activities in our state. There’s clearly conversations that will take place as it relates to activities in our league. We’ve got to combine all these pieces of information and pull them together in a spot where it’s best for the University of Kentucky and our fanbase. We’re not there yet.”

Last week, Churchhill Downs announced spectators would be in attendance for the Kentucky Derby scheduled for Saturday, September 5, two days after Kentucky football’s season opener.

“I think that was tremendous. It was great news that we took a step to allowing fans to venues, and that was great, but obviously, each venue is different, and sporting events are different. You’ve seen a lot of club baseball, club softball, little league sports have begun to come back and play, and people are gathering so that will be things we will keep an eye on and continue to watch but absolutely in conversation with all the folks that need to be in the decision-making process to bring fans back to Kroger Field.”

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