Kentucky announces 2020 football gameday changes

New gameday procedures include stadium health protocols, mobile ticketing and parking, no tailgating

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The home portion of the 2020 Kentucky football schedule begins on Saturday with the Cats welcoming Ole Miss to Kroger Field for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff.

Fans attending games this season will notice many new protocols, put in place to provide the healthiest game day experience for all involved.

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UK Athletics has taken advice from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has developed a plan that includes a number of new measures to promote a healthy gameday experience at Kroger Field. These measures include, but are not limited to:

Parking

No tailgating, generators, trailers, tents, grills or cooking of any kind will be allowed in parking lots this season
Parking lots to open three hours prior to kickoff
No gatherings in parking lots prior to the game
No RVs will be permitted in the parking lots
Anyone around the stadium on gameday will be required to have a ticket or credential for that day’s game
Fans with a parking permit should familiarize themselves with the location of their designated lot prior to gameday
Mobile parking permits will be scanned upon entering the lot

Tickets/Entering Kroger Field

Mobile ticketing and parking passes to reduce contact between staff and fans
Fans are strongly encouraged to save mobile tickets and parking passes in their smartphone’s digital wallet prior to arriving at Kroger Field
Mobile help zones will be available outside of gates 1, 4, 9 and 12 for those needing assistance with WiFi service and mobile tickets
Gates will open two hours prior to kickoff. All gates, except Gate 14, will be open
Fans are encouraged to arrive early and to enter and exit at specified gates, which will be noted on their mobile ticket
The bringing of bags of any sort is strongly discouraged and only small, clear bags 12x6x12 or smaller will be admitted

Inside Kroger Field

Requiring face coverings for all fans at all times, with the exception of when fans are sitting in their seats while eating or drinking
Face coverings should be secured with ear loops or ties
Neither gaiters nor bandanas are acceptable forms of masks
Enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout the stadium prior to and during all events
Requiring fans to keep the proper physical distance
Fans must sit only in their assigned seat. All seating is reserved in order to maintain physical distancing between parties in the seating bowl
Providing signage in common areas to assist with physical distancing
Hand sanitization and washing stations located throughout the stadium
Concessions featuring cashless transactions

A health screening will be required for all staff and spectators. The list of health screening questions will be posted at, or near stadium entrances. All will be expected to answer “no” the following questions prior to arrival at Kroger Field:

Do you have a new cough, runny nose, congestion, headache or sore throat unrelated to seasonal allergies?
Do you have shortness of breath?
Do you have new muscle aches/pain/fatigue unrelated to training/workouts?
Have you had nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
Have you experienced a new loss of taste or smell?
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?
Have you had any fever greater than 100.0 or chills in the last 24 hours?

A complete list of the new gameday regulations is available at the UK Athletics Gameday website.

Fans with pre-existing health conditions, or those who are at a greater risk, should consider not attending on-campus sporting events during these unprecedented times. Even with these measures in place, UK Athletics can, in no way, guarantee that fans will not be exposed to COVID-19.

The 2020 UK football season will consist of a 10-game, SEC-only schedule with Kentucky hosting Ole Miss (Oct. 3), Mississippi State (Oct. 10), Georgia (Oct. 24), Vanderbilt (Nov. 14) and South Carolina (Dec. 5) at Kroger Field this year.

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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 toBKennedy@wtvq.com