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Kentucky and Louisville extend Governor’s Cup series

SB Nation logo SB Nation 10/23/2020 Ianteasley
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After the Governor’s Cup game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals was put on hold for the 2020 season due to coronavirus, which was originally supposed to have the Cards hosting UK, the series has been changed and modified.

Kentucky would host every odd year (2017, 2019, etc) and Louisville would host every even year (2016, 2018, etc.) but now, the two teams have flipped. Kentucky will now host the even years and Louisville the odd.

According to the Courier-Journal, these are the presumed dates for the Governor’s Cup series:

  • Nov. 27, 2021 - Louisville
  • Nov. 26, 2022 - Lexington
  • Nov. 25, 2023 - Louisville
  • Nov. 30, 2024 - Lexington
  • Nov. 29, 2025 - Louisville
  • Nov. 28, 2026 - Lexington
  • Nov. 27, 2027 - Louisville
  • Nov. 25, 2028 - Lexington
  • Nov. 24, 2029 - Louisville
  • Nov. 30, 2030 - Lexington

The two schools have also agreed to terms until 2030, as of now, so the rivalry is not in jeopardy.

Originally, the UK football schedule featured the Wildcats hosting Florida, Tennessee, and Louisville all in the same year, and while that is good for single-game ticket goers and in terms of favorable scheduling for the team itself, it simply was not appealing to season-ticket holders in the odd years.

This opens up more room for a more season-ticket friendly schedule. This also means that the basketball game will not be hosted at the same school that hosted the football game that year, since UK and UofL basketball are going ahead with their scheduled game at the Yum! Center this season.

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