Football is back in the Bluegrass but this season, backpacks and big bags are banned at Commonwealth Stadium.
It's a policy that mimics many NFL arenas and it went into effect here in Lexington at Saturday’s winning home-opener against Miami of Ohio.
“We got a lot of cat fans out here, just couldn't be more excited about the home opener,” said Ben Eubank, a UK fan. “I know we had a tough go about it first thing, but he said you can't invent the wheel overnight. I think the staff is great, young staff, really eager to go out there and recruit and just couldn't be more excited about the future of the program.”
“I think he's going to do a great job, we've never had this kind of recruiting in all the years I've been at Kentucky watching Kentucky football,” said Tom Catlett, another UK fan.
This season bring a new coach and new game day rules keep everyone safe.
“What we've done is come up with a new strategic plan that we feel is going to fit the Commonwealth Stadium,” said Joe Monroe, UK Chief of Police. “We're going to try and make sure no large backpacks come in so we can enhance the game day experience but also keep our fans safe.”
Fans are allowed to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches by ten inches by seven inches. The bag must fit into sizing bins at all gate entrances to the stadium.
Most fans agreed, safety should be the top priority but men and women had very different opinions on these new size restrictions.
“I think big bags should be allowed just as long as they check them, make sure everything in there is approved to go in,” said Lauren Crean, a UK fan.
“It doesn't really matter to me, whatever they think they need to do, I know it might matter to the ladies a little bit more about their bags and so forth but as long as I'm in there watching the Cats, we'll be alright,” said Eubank.
“If somebody does come to the gate with a bag that doesn't fit into the bins or a large backpack, what we'll do is we'll ask them to return that to their vehicle,” said Monroe. “They're not going to be permitted to bring that into the stadium.”
UK Police remind fans anything brought into Commonwealth Stadium is subject to a search. They encourage everyone to arrive early and bring as few items as possible into the stadium.
For a complete list of Game Day procedures: www.ukathletics.com/fbgameday