Single-game tickets for the 2021 Kentucky Football season go on sale tomorrow morning, and you better believe the coaching staff used their KSR guest hosting stint as an opportunity to appeal directly to the Big Blue Nation. Mark Stoops encouraged fans to pack Kroger Field for the team’s seven home games, noting that a lively environment doesn’t just impact the game, it impacts recruiting.
“I encourage everyone to come,” Stoops said. “I realize how expensive it is for season tickets. I realize it’s a big commitment to make every game all year but with the single-game tickets going on sale, we need everybody out there. I’ve said it for years and years and it’s not just a cliche, we do need everybody. We need a packed house. It makes a difference. It makes a difference in our recruiting when people show up and recruits show up to that stadium and they can see the electricity when it’s full. Our players feel that, it makes a difference with wins and losses and we need everybody out there.”
Of course, attendance was limited last season due to the pandemic. With UK planning on a return to normal operations, including 100% capacity, tailgating, bands, and cheerleaders, Stoops said he wants butts in the seats to witness what could be a season to remember.
“I think everybody’s excited to get back to some form of normal activity and so, I encourage anybody who can get out there and buy some tickets, show up. We’re going to have a fun team. Definitely going to be entertaining. We’re going to have a lot of fun. We can’t wait so keep on pumping those tickets out and show up and let’s rock that place.”
Defensive coordinator Brad White pointed out that five of Kentucky’s first six games are at home, so if the BBN helps the Cats defend their turf, the goal of making it to the SEC Championship in Atlanta could be within reach.
“We always talk about protecting our house,” White said. “If you can win every single one of your home games, you already know you’re in a bowl game and now, you’ve just got to go on the road and win in some tough environments. But if you can go steal some on the road, now that puts you in Atlanta. So, if you get a good start, win five of the first six at home, you protect your house, there’s a lot to play for in that back half of the season.”
“There is,” Stoops agreed. “There’s a lot at stake. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really excited. Defensively, we’ve been one of the top defenses in the country every year but offensively, I’m really excited. I feel like we’re going to make a big jump and gonna be exciting to watch. We need ’em out there.”
You heard the man. Tomorrow morning, 9 a.m., Ticketmaster.