University of Kentucky announces Kroger Field naming rights deal

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The University of Kentucky (UK), JMI Sports and Kroger have announced a partnership deal that expands Kroger’s commitment to both UK Athletics and the University of Kentucky, including the renaming of UK’s football stadium to Kroger Field.

“This is an unprecedented partnership that pairs two iconic brands – UK and Kroger – whose reach extends throughout the Commonwealth and far beyond our borders,” says UK president Eli Capilouto. “Kroger shares our mission to serve Kentucky. And this partnership tangibly advances that mission, as evidenced by what it will allow us to do on our campus, but also as Kroger embarks on an ambitious effort to enhance health and wellness throughout Kentucky.”

The agreement – which is between Kroger and JMI Sports, UK’s multimedia rights partner – is effective immediately. It begins at approximately US$1.85m annually with a term of up to 12 years.

“Three years ago, we had this day in mind when we reached our new multimedia rights agreement with JMI Sports,” said athletics director Mitch Barnhart. “We are proud to have a partner in Kroger that shares our commitment to making this state and university the best they can be. This partnership goes well beyond the naming of Kroger Field and we are excited to see the good it will do for years to come.”

The Kroger Field name (which will replace Commonwealth Stadium) will be reflected on interior, external and directional signage, as well as collateral materials related to the football stadium.

The agreement is comprehensive, extending across the campus at UK and ensuring a long-term commitment to the university and its communities. For example, Kroger and UK will work together to improve community fields across the Commonwealth as part of the Kroger Fields Community Program and a community 5K race – the Simple Truth 5K – will finish at the 50-yard line at the newly renamed Kroger Field.

“The common goal of this partnership is for Kroger customers to benefit, Kentucky football fans to benefit, and ultimately, the entire community to benefit,” said Calvin Kaufman, president of Kroger’s Louisville division.

“We look forward to showing what can be accomplished when two iconic brands like UK and Kroger, which have similar values and rich heritage, work together on health and wellness initiatives, community engagement, and enhanced experiences for our customers and fans.”

May 3, 2017

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