Sports & Athletics 

We are centrally located to:

  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Shively Sports Center
  • UK Seaton Center
  • Cliff Hagan Stadium
  • UK Soccer Field
  • Boone Indoor Tennis Facility
  • Rupp Arena (Lexington Center complex)
  • Kentucky Basketball Academy
  • The Red Mile
  • Keeneland Race Course

Attention all you Sports Fans!!

University Inn is the most convenient place to stay for sports lovers! Commonwealth Stadium, Shivley Sports Center, the Seaton Center, the new UK Sports Complex, the Cliff Hagan Stadium, the UK Soccer Field, and the Boone Indoor Tennis Facility are within sight of University Inn. The Lexington Center complex – home to Rupp Arena – is in downtown Lexington five minutes away. The Kentucky Basketball Academy is 3.5 miles away.

University Inn is also ten blocks from The Red Mile, just off South Broadway, and 15 minutes from famous Keeneland Race Course on Versailles Road, the home to the 2010 Equestrian Games! We are just 16 minutes to the Greenbrier Golf and Country Club.

*See our September 14, 2013 Tailgate Party hosted in the University Inn Hotel parking lot after the UK Lexington vs. Lousville football game.

We are truly the … Inn the Heart of Lexington.

Commonwealth Stadium 

University Inn Hotel is close to a variety of Lexington KY Sports Venues


commonCommonwealth Stadium, named for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is located on the campus of the University of Kentucky and is the home field for the school’s football team, replacing the smaller Stoll Field/McLean Stadium. The field is named C.M. Newton Field in honor of retired UK athletic director and former baseball and basketball player C.M. Newton.

Shively Training Facility’s primary focus is to provide the student-athletes of the University of Kentucky with a solid foundation in every aspect of their preparation, so that they may reach their full athletic potential and remain injury-free.

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1540 University Drive
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-8000

*We are .7 miles (approximately 1 minute) from the Commonwealth Stadium


UK Seaton Center

seatonThe Seaton Center, located in south campus at the corner of University Drive and Complex Drive, is home to the department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, the Health and Wellness Program, and some campus recreation facilities and related offices. It is adjacent to the Johnson Recreation Center and the Lancaster Aquatic Center.

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1210 University Drive
Lexington, KY, 40506
(859) 257-9000

*We are .5 miles (or 9 minute walk) from the Seaton Center.


Cliff Hagan Baseball Stadium

cliffhaganA new era began in Kentucky baseball history in 2002 as the Wildcats moved into their new lair, the $4.2 million Shively Field at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The state-of-the-art baseball complex replaced the twice-renovated facility that UK baseball had called home since 1969, when it was built as part of the Bernie A. Shively Sports Center. In 1990, the facility underwent a $520,000 renovation to refurbish the stadium, the largest single improvement of its kind until last season’s historical project..

1540 University Drive
Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 257-8000*We are .6 miles (approximately 1 minute) from the Cliff Hagan Stadium


UK Soccer Complex

soccerThe University of Kentucky Soccer Complex (or UK Soccer Complex) is a soccer-specific stadium in Lexington, Kentucky on the campus of the University of Kentucky.  The stadium, which opened in 1996, is home to Kentucky Wildcats soccer, both men’s (Conference USA) and women’s (Southeastern Conference). It usually seats 1,500 but can seat 3,000. The stadium served as host of the 1996 SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament.

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Wildcat Court
College View Drive
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 257-8000*We are 1.2 miles (approximately 3 minutes) from the UK Soccer Complex


Hilary J. Boone Indoor Tennis Facility


booneThe University of Kentucky men’s and women’s tennis programs hold a competitive advantage over much of their competition thanks in large part to the fabulous amenities provided by the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in January 2000.  The complex features 18 courts, including eight recently resurfaced courts, with seating for more than 1,000 spectors.

View Larger Map430 West Vine Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
(859) 313-1000*We are 2.3 miles (approximately 9 minutes) from Rupp Arena / Lexington Center Complex


Kentucky Basketball Academy


kbaThe Kentucky Basketball Academy (KBA Sports), Central Kentucky’s premier basketball facility, opened its doors in 2001. Its sole purpose was to create an opportunity for area youth to improve their game and compete against each other. Now, under the new ownership of former University of Kentucky Wildcat Jared Prickett, the KBA is expanding its programs to take our area players to the highest level.

KBA Sports is a state of the art 50,000 square foot facility with five courts under one roof. It is located in the heart of Lexington, KY approximately ¼ mile from the Fayette mall. It contains a full- service concession and store that carries basketball and volleyball merchandise. KBA Sports has just added a fitness center designed for high intensity training and a game area.

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273 Ruccio Way
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 219-9272*We are 3.4 miles (approximately 7 minutes) from the Kentucky Basketball Academy


The Red Mile


redmileThe Red Mile is a horse racing track located in Lexington, KY. The track hosts harness racing, a type of horse racingin which the horses must pull two-wheeled carts called sulkies while racing. It is one of harness racing’s most famous tracks and is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region, an area of Kentucky famous for horse breeding and racing.

The race track itself is one mile long and made of red clay. From this, it is obvious to see how the name originated.

In addition to the track, The Red Mile features a two-story clubhouse, a round barn, and a park. The clubhouse is often used for weddings, parties, and other gatherings. The Tattersalls area can accommodate large groups and is often used for horse sales.

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1200 Red Mile Road
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 233-0814*We are 1.1 miles (approximately 5 minutes) from the Red Mile Race Track.
*We are .6 miles (approximately 1 minute) from the Cliff Hagan Stadium


Keeneland Race Course


keenelandKeeneland is unique in that we are both a Thoroughbred racetrack and an auction company. Founded as a model racetrack, we seek to continually improve Thoroughbred racing while at the same time preserve its finest traditions.   That philosophy has guided us for more than 75 years.

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4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 254-3412*We are 5.9 miles (approximately 12 minutes) from the Keeneland Race Course