- March 21, 2019
- Posted by: SportsV
- Categories: Home News, Industry News, News, Press Releases
Watch construction of Kentucky Proud Park on the University of Kentucky campus with EarthCam’s 4K time-lapse movie.
From 2016 to 2018, EarthCam documented progress for the US$49m baseball stadium.
About Kentucky Proud Park
The new home of the Kentucky Wildcats, Kentucky Proud Park, was completed at the end of last year. The name paying tribute to the farmers and businesses of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. The new venue replaces Cliff Hagan Stadium, where the team had played since 1969.
Kentucky Farm Bureau secured the rights to name the stadium from JMI Sports, UK Athletics’ multimedia rights partner. In turn, Kentucky Farm Bureau elected to name the stadium for Kentucky Proud, the state’s official agricultural marketing program housed at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. No state taxpayer dollars were used in funding the agreement.
Construction on Kentucky Proud Park began in 2016 and was completed in the Autumn/Fall of 2018. The US$49m stadium gives Kentucky one of the best facilities in college baseball. Complete with permanent seating for 2,500 as well as stone terraces, grass berms and a 360-degree concourse that will bring its regular-season capacity to approximately 5,000, Kentucky Proud Park’s team areas give players and coaches everything they need to succeed while creating an ideal place for fans to support them.
The naming of Kentucky Proud Park represents an expansion of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s long-standing partnership with UK Athletics through an agreement with JMI Sports, UK’s multimedia rights partner. The naming rights agreement to Kentucky Proud Park is signed to a term of up to 15 years, running through 2033.
UK’s multimedia rights agreement with JMI Sports – signed in June 2014 – grants naming rights to athletic facilities. The multimedia rights agreement pays UK Athletics US$210m over 15 years, including a signing bonus of US$29.4m built in to help fund important capital projects, like the construction of Kentucky Proud Park.
Video, courtesy: EarthCam