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TV, starting times set for UK’s first three football games

Kentucky fans enjoyed UK’s win at Florida in 2018. The Cats will host Florida Sept. 20 and the game will be on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With football season just a few short months away, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2019 college football slate.

The Wildcats open the 2019 season with three straight home games and look to use the momentum created last year from their win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. The 10-3 record was Kentucky’s best season in 41 years and only the third 10-win season in school history.  UK finished No. 11 in the final USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 12 in the final Associated Press tabulation, the school’s first appearance in the final rankings since 1984. 

Kentucky’s 2019 schedule begins with first-time opponent Toledo on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Noon ET on the SEC Network. The following week, Eastern Michigan returns to Lexington (Sept. 7) for a 7:30 p.m. ET start on ESPNU or the SEC Network Alternate. The three-game home stand will conclude with the conference opener vs. the Florida Gators on Sept. 14 in Kroger Field. That highly-anticipated matchup is set to air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, the only conference game in the prime time window.

Season tickets are available at starting at $280 apiece. Fans are able to use the Kentucky Football Virtual Venue to view and compare available seat locations and experience a 360-degree virtual view from the seats inside Kroger Field. No-interest payment plans are available for new season ticket purchases. Additionally, the Kentucky Football Pocket Pass has returned for the 2019 season, which includes a mobile ticket to all eight home games. Pocket Passes are priced at $250 each, after selling the first 500 Passes at the introductory rate of $225.
To learn more about available season ticket locations, benefits (PDF) and payment options, contact the UK Sales Office at (800) 928-2287 (Option 1) or click here to request a phone call from a personal representative.
Popular 4-Game Flex Packs went on sale in April, providing flexible game selection and pricing that enables fans to customize a plan to best fit their needs. Pricing depends on games and seating locations selected. A complete seating chart with pricing can be found here
Single-game tickets to UK’s home games will go on sale later this summer.


  1. Eight big home games, this bodes well for the Cats in 2019.

    1. Night games are fantastic in the early part of the schedule! Noon Games are so hot and not as much fun. We have a legitimate chance to win all 8 home games and 3 out of 4 on the road. We should win between 7 and 11 games. Georgia at Georgia is the only for sure loss. Could be another magical season for the Cats! Stoops has been able to accomplish more than I ever thought possible. Keeping Stoops and the ride advancing forward are the most important things for now and into the future.

  2. We got as easy a schedule as we could hope for in the SEC along with 3 “Popcorn States” and a home game against Lousyville, A bowl game with this schedule is almost a certainty. The real measure of this team will be the SEC slate of games. Florida, at Miss. St. and S. Car, and Tenn are the tossups that will determine the prestige of the bowl game. My gut says we go 2 – 2 in that stretch, lose at Georgia, and lose one more game that we should win. 8 wins would still be a nice followup to the 10 wins last year. 10 wins is expecting too much, 9 wins would be over achieving, 7 is probably more realistic, 6 would be a disappointing trip back to the Music City Bowl. It will be an interesting season.

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