UK Baseball hosts “Swing For Your Seats” Home Run Derby

Fans can win 2020 season ticket by hitting home run at Kentucky Proud Park


LEXINGTON, KY (UK Athletics) – If you’ve ever dreamed of hitting a home run at Kentucky Proud Park your opportunity to make it a reality is coming. On Saturday, October 12 UK baseball will host Swing For Your Seats, which gives fans the chance to win 2020 season tickets.

Fans can purchase increments of five swings to launch one out of the Wildcats’ home park, with home run distance adjusted for different age groups. Five swings will cost $20 for adults, $15 for UK students and staff and $10 for children. Children under eight years old will need to clear the 200-foot mark, kids eight to 13 at 230 feet and adults a true home run. Pitches will come from a pitching machine. Any fan that hits a home run will receive two dugout chair back seats. Fans under that age of 18 must have an adult present to sign the participating waiver. NCAA regulations prohibit recruitable aged individuals (9th-12th grades) and high school coaches from participating.

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The competition will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. before the Cats take on Arkansas in football at 7:30 p.m. at adjacent Kroger Field. Proceeds will go to the UK baseball Diamond Club to help fund the program.

The Diamond Club is the official booster program of Kentucky Baseball. Through Diamond Club Members’ financial contributions and community support, Kentucky Baseball will be able to continue to develop our student-athletes on and off the field. For more information on the Diamond Club email Cameron Langfels at or Larry Cash at and visit

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas