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Fans head to bars to cheer on the Wildcats

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 18:52:52-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Seats in sports bars around Lexington filled quickly on Saturday for the University of Kentucky’s first football game of the SEC season.

“I’m excited. We’ve been waiting a while. I’m glad today finally came. We’re going to make a good time out of it,” said Justin Hood, a UK fan.

Fans found their way to bars all around the city where they were asked to follow COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks, social distancing, and adhering to capacity restrictions.

Will Sturgill is a Wildcat fan. He said he didn’t mind the policies. He’s just happy to have football back.

“I think it’s fine. I know it’s probably necessary, but I think it’s fine. We’re all following the rules. Everyone is trying to have a good time. As long as everyone is following the rules it’s alright,” Sturgill said.

The University of Kentucky has promised to enforce the student code of conduct which says students could face disciplinary action for hosting or attending large gatherings off-campus.

“Obviously, everybody wants to be out there [tailgating], but we have to take things one step at a time,” said Noah Pabarja, who watched the game from Paddock Bar. “Everybody has more years to come. We have to face the fact that we can’t do it this year and have to wait until next year.”