Kentucky Baseball, Railbird highlight massive weekend in Lexington

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If you live in Lexington or are planning to go there this weekend, plan ahead. Between the Railbird Music Festival at the Red Mile, the NCAA Tournament Lexington Regional at Kentucky Proud Park, and several KHSAA state championships, Lexington will be absolutely packed and traffic will be a nightmare, especially around UK’s campus. Hotels downtown are sold out, and parking will be at a premium, especially if you’re going to Railbird, which drew an estimated 70,000 people at Keeneland in 2021.

Here’s the list of events happening around town. With the exception of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, all of them take place within a two-mile radius. If you don’t already have it, I recommend downloading the Waze app to navigate traffic.

A wide view of Kentucky Proud Park
Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

NCAA Tournament – Lexington Regional

Friday-Monday, Kentucky Proud Park

Friday, June 2 

  • Game 1 – Ball State vs. Kentucky – Noon – SEC Network
  • Game 2 – Indiana vs. West Virginia – 7 p.m. – ESPN+ 

Saturday, June 3 

  • Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 1 p.m. – TV TBD 
  • Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 7 p.m. – TV TBD 

Sunday, June 4 

  • Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 1 p.m. – TV TBD 
  • Game 6 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4 – 7 p.m. – TV TBD 

Monday, June 5 (If Necessary) 

  • Game 7 – same teams as in Game 6 – 7 p.m. – TV TBD 

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 11: Tyler Childers performs during the 2019 Railbird Music Festival at Keeneland Horse Track on August 11, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)

Railbird Music Festival

Saturday-Sunday, Red Mile

The Red Mile is a few miles from Kentucky’s campus, but no public parking is allowed there during the festival, so shuttles will be running to and from Kroger Field for everyone who purchases parking passes. Virginia Avenue, Limestone, and Cooper Drive will be congested, especially on Saturday and Sunday as baseball and softball games coincide with shuttles moving back and forth to the festival. You can also park at KSBar across the street from Red Mile for a fee, the details of which Matt Jones will share on Tuesday’s radio show.

KHSAA Baseball, Softball, and Track & Field Championships

If all of that wasn’t enough, the championships for Kentucky high school baseball, softball, and track and field are all taking place around town too. Kentucky Proud Park was originally set to host the baseball state tournament, but with the Bat Cats hosting a regional, it will now take place at the Counter Clocks Field (formerly Wild Health Field and Whitaker Bank Park). The state tennis championships also wrap up Thursday at Top Seed Tennis Club and the UK Boone/Downing Tennis Complex.

KHSAA Baseball State Tournament

Thursday-Saturday, Counter Clocks Field

KHSAA State Softball Tournament

Thursday-Saturday, John Cropp Stadium

KHSAA State Track & Field Championships

Thursday-Saturday, UK Outdoor Track and Field Complex

Kentucky Football Sunday Showcase Camp

Sunday, Kroger Field

This weekend also kicks off a VERY busy month for the Kentucky Football program. Several camps take place throughout June, starting with the Sunday Showcase Camp, which is expected to draw the most talent.

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