Kentucky Football will unlock the gates to its outdoor practice fields for an open spring practice at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Set for this coming Saturday, April 1, the open practice will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET, with gates opening at 11:15 a.m. to Big Blue Nation.
Fans can enter the practice at the practice field gates in the Gate 12 plaza. Once inside, attendees will be asked to stay behind the rope along the perimeter of the practice fields. It is the same format as last season’s Fan Day.
Also on site, UK merchandise will be on sale by the UK Bookstore, and pre-packaged snacks and bottled water from UK concessions. Prizes and other giveaways will also be awarded throughout the event, along with the free look at next year’s team.
Admission and parking are free, so long as fans park in the Blue Lot outside Kroger Field. (That’s on the Alumni Drive side.)
No true Blue-White game in 2023
Remember, the open practice is the closest fans will get to a true spring game in 2023. In January, Kentucky announced that the Wildcats will not play a traditional Blue-White spring scrimmage this season due to turf renovations within Kroger Field.
Currently, Kentucky is midway through its spring preparations, and the last time we heard from Mark Stoops, he was very unhappy with how things were going.
“I’m a little pissed off today,” Stoops said on Saturday. “I don’t have a lot to say today. I’m a little frustrated, a little disappointed, a little pissed to be totally honest with you. It’s been lackluster the past couple of days.”
Hopefully, he will be in a better mood for the open practice a week later, this coming Saturday.