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Mitch Barnhart plans on having football in the fall


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This week, Mitch Barnhart and the athletic department at the University of Kentucky sent out a letter reminding fans that May 1st is the renewal dates for season ticket holders.

This is three weeks later than the original date, although that was the measure that was being being presented. That wasn’t what most probably took away from the letter.

In the midst if the COVID-19 pandemic many have wondered when will see sports again. Even though we don’t have that answer quite yet, we may have caught a glimmer of hope.

Barnhart didn’t only want to remind season ticket holders that this Friday was the deadline for ticket renewal. He also took to the letter to state that the university was planning on having football in the fall and planned on having fans.

“As an administration, we are planning for football in the fall and focusing on taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.” then he reassured fans that the University wanted fans there by saying “That brings us to the final piece of the UK football puzzle: you. The Big Blue Nation. The best fans in America.”

Barnhart also presented a three-month payment plan to the fans to encourage the ticket sales during these trying times.

“As we have said to many of you in personal conversations, we are committed to making all possible accommodations to assist with payment flexibility for those who may need additional time to renew. In addition to our 3-month payment plan option, we’re also introducing a monthly payment plan that will begin in May and end in August and will include mobile delivery of tickets.”

To provide even more hope to the situation, Mark Stoops stated earlier week that he thought football would be played in the fall and should have fans.

Of course, we all know that a lot of variables go into this situation and we all want wants best for the safety of everyone and we want sports back as soon as possible, but this is a glimmer of hope.