Music Festival Forces Baseball Teams To Stay In Dorms Instead Of Hotels During NCAA Regional

A baseball sits beside the pitching rubber.


The Kentucky Wildcats were rewarded for a superb season on Sunday, being named a regional host in the NCAA Tournament. The ‘Cats finished the year 36-18 to become one of eight SEC teams to earn a host bid.

UK was named the No. 12 overall seed and they’ll be joined by Indiana, West Virginia, and Ball State in the opening round of the postseason. Unfortunately, they’ve already hit a bit of a snag in this hosting opportunity.

A country music festival happens to be scheduled for the same weekend, and with it having been scheduled for some time, many of the city’s hotel accommodations have been booked up.

That nightmare scheduling scenario will force the visiting teams to stay in dorm rooms. An on-campus housing outline has been sent to regional participants.

Not only will it cause issue for the players and coaches, but the lack of vacancy in Lexington could also present problems for parents and fans.

Those looking to cheer on the visiting teams might have to stay outside the city which, at the very least, is an annoyance.

Baseball fans online have been quick to react to the Kentucky regional news.

Some looked to an NCAA Tournament snub, saying they might’ve been more deserving of the host opportunity after all.

Not only that, but the teams are having to pay to stay in those dorms.

Some asked if the NCAA knew about the lack of hotel availability when making Kentucky the regional host.

It’s certainly less than ideal for the travelling teams and players. Regional play will kick off on Friday, June 2nd.