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‘Roger’ in the house? Missing letter means free tickets for Kentucky fans

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From Commonwealth Stadium to “Roger Field”? For a couple of hours, Kentucky’s stadium name change meant an opportunity for some lucky Rogers.

Nine Kentucky fans – all with Roger in their names – were able to claim free tickets to the Wildcats’ home opener against Eastern Kentucky on September 9.

The reason? Commonwealth Stadium’s change of name to Kroger Field, part of a naming-rights deal that’s among the most lucrative in college sports.

The new letters were lifted into place one by one Wednesday morning. But with the “K” still waiting, the stadium turned into “Roger Field” briefly.

And that meant an idea: Free tickets to anyone named Roger or Rogers, as tweeted by deputy athletic director DeWayne Peevy.

As the morning went on, the requests started to flow in.

By just after 10 a.m., though, the opportunity had come and gone.

For the record, past Rogers in Wildcats football history include 1960s running back Roger Gann, 1990s defensive tackle Roger Sullivan and 2000s safety Roger Williams. It’s not clear whether former Kentucky defensive back Rodger Bird, who went on to play on an AFL champion team with the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s, would have qualified.

Finally, one more Kentucky Roger of note is someone who doesn’t need free tickets to any game at Kroger Field: Mike Rogers, listed in the Kentucky media guide as the Kroger Field scoreboard operator.

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