By LARRY VAUGHT
Lee Glasscock is a former Kentucky high school football coach that I have known for many, many years.
He’s also a passionate University of Kentucky football fan who has had former players play for the Wildcats.
Glasscock believes that all UK students should be able to attend athletic events on campus free because of what they pay to attend college.
“But if they don’t claim their tickets by two weeks prior to game , the tickets should be available to public.
There is no excuse for the upper stadium (at Kroger Field) not to be filled when they play non- power conference teams,” Glasscock said.
There could be a lot of empty seats when UK hosts Central Michigan Saturday afternoon. A week ago UK confirmed that barely 40,000 tickets had been sold for the opening game.
Glasscock has a way to help fill the empty seats.
“There’s a lot of high school coaches that would love to fill those vacant seats with their teams if they were invited when those seats are not sold,” Glasscock said. “I remember back in the 1990’s taking my whole team to some of those games when we were invited. Gosh, they made a fortune of the concessions they sold my players.
“So there are many ways to fill the stadium if the administration would reach out to the young fans in the high schools that might not be able to afford a ticket. They are making enormous amount of money from TV.
Remember that those kids you invite might make ky there choice for college.”
He also sees another huge benefit for filling the empty seats.
“This will make the stadium appear more attractive to new recruits. Just a thought Mr. (Mitch) Barnhart,” Glasscock said.
Makes sense to me. Maybe there’s a reason it can’t happen but surely there has to be a way to reach out to kids who might like to attend.