Barnhart: UK seeks Commonwealth renovation by fall, 2015

Kentucky hopes to finish its planned renovation of Commonwealth Stadium by the fall of 2015, Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said Thursday night.
UK intends to add 16 rto 20 luxury suites, create about 2,000 club seats, upgrade restrooms and concessions, plus build a multi-purpose room in stages over the next two football off-seasons, Barnhart said.
The next step will be to get approval for the project from UK’s Board of Trustees, he said. The project got a boost earlier Thursday when Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders voiced their support.
Expressing confidence that UK will be able to pay for the renovation, Barnhart said the cost will be “right in our wheelhouse.”
Barnhart downplayed the chances of a ticket price increase in 2013.
“Our goal for next year is just to get fans back in the stands,” he said.