The University of Kentucky’s Athletic Department has caught some recent criticism for not paying enough attention to the average fan, especially in regard to ticket prices, renovations at Kroger Field and Rupp Arena, and with regard to alcohol sales.
It looks like UK AD Mitch Barnhart plans to hit the road, along with coaches, student-athletes, and others to meet and connect with fans across the Bluegrass in a couple weeks.
The “Big Blue Caravan” was announced by the Athletics Department this morning, which will have stops in five counties across the state.
“The connection our university and athletics department share with this state and its people is truly unique,” Barnhart said in a press release. “That connection has always been central to our identity, but we have made it a priority to find ways to further honor and strengthen it. We look forward to seeing friends in these five communities and meeting many more.”
We love the Commonwealth. We love it so much we’re going to tour it later this month.— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) June 6, 2018
Announcing the #BigBlueCaravan, which will take us to five Kentucky cities across the state the week of June 18. https://t.co/r9h6VzYx5R #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/JLp7927C4a
Below are the listed stops along the week-long tour.
Marshall County: Marshall County High School (416 High School Rd, Benton, KY 42025), 4-6 p.m. on June 18
Madisonville: Kroger (545 Island Ford Rd, Madisonville, KY 42431), 4-6 p.m. on June 19
Elizabethtown/Fort Knox: Kroger (3040 Dolphin Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701), 4-6 p.m. on June 20
Somerset: Kroger (50 Stonegate Center, Somerset, KY 42503), noon-1 p.m. on June 21
Pikeville: East Kentucky Expo Center – Billy Johnson Stage (126 Main St, Pikeville, KY 41501), noon-2 p.m. on June 22
Make sure to stop by one near you and hear what Barnhart and other athletics officials have to say.