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5:42 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

UK Unveils Next Incarnation Of Commonwealth Stadium

Plans were unveiled Monday for Commonwealth Stadium's new look.

Gerardo Prado with Ross Tarrant Architects walks the audience through the new Commonwealth Stadium design.
Credit Josh James / WUKY

UK football coach Mark Stoops was joined by a host of UK officials and state lawmakers for the announcement.

Standing in front of a giant panoramic backdrop showing off the vision for the new stadium, Coach Stoops told the audience that, even before the construction has begun, the project is already making a difference.

"It's going to be great for our fans, great for our players, and it's already having an effect on our recruiting," he said.

Designers with Ross Tarrant Architects envision a stadium that will actually reduce capacity by 6,000 seats but add 28 suites and more club seating. In the east end zone, a new student section will be situated around an all-glass recruiting room. Fans will also notice a new facade and a wider concourse.

Gerardo Prado with Ross Tarrant said the changes will impact everyone who enters the stadium.

"All existing restrooms and concessions on the outside of the stadium will be completely demolished and built from the ground up. Everything will be new on the outside of the stadium for the fans," Prado told the audience.

The $110M dollar renovation is part of UK’s capital improvement plan. No tax dollars will be spent. Funding will instead come from bonding capacity granted to the university earlier this year.

Officials expect the work to be completed by the 2015 season. It will be the first major upgrade for the stadium since 1999.

For a complete gallery of renderings, visit TheNewCWS.com.