LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — From high school state championships to a college baseball regional, and a star-studded country music festival, there is certainly no shortage of events across Lexington this weekend.

People from across Kentucky, the country, and maybe even the globe will be here in Lexington this weekend. Although the city has dealt with larger events before, a weekend like this can really stretch a city’s resources thin.

Many of those people traveling into the city have already experienced some headaches as last-minute hotel rooms are all but impossible to come by.

Getting around Lexington will no doubt be harder and likely slower moving the next four days as tens of thousands of people file in and out.

But despite all that, all the potential headaches, VisitLEX said this is a good problem to have.

They said traffic on the roads will translate to more traffic for local businesses and provide an opportunity for the city to show its growth, especially post-pandemic.

“The fact that we have sold out in virtually every hotel for this weekend really shows how great of a city Lexington is,” said Director of Communications for VisitLEX Martina Barksdale. “You’re staying here, you’re going to eat here, you’re going to drink here. you’re going to experience all the things that we have to offer as a city. I believe with having events like this, Lexington is right on the map.”

Barksdale said what Lexington lacks in size, it makes up for in people and hospitality, and that’s what she believes is one of the main reasons Lexington is continuously being chosen as a host for major events.

The University of Kentucky Baseball team is looking to use those fans and the hospitality of Lexington to their advantage when they host the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

It’s the first time the Bat Cats have made it to the postseason since 2017, which ironically enough was the last time they hosted a regional.

A lot has changed since then, though.

Gone is Cliff Hagan Stadium, now the multi-million-dollar Kentucky Proud Park serves as the home of the cats. When UK takes the field Friday, they won’t be thinking about their 2017 Super Regional loss to rival Louisville. They’ll be at home, in front of Big Blue Nation, which is expected to sell out all 7,000 seats at KPP.


Earlier in the week, UK Head Coach Nick Mingione told the media that the combination of winning, great weather, and now beer at the park has created an environment that fans don’t want to miss, and one his team hopes to thrive off of.

“That’s why you invest $49 million into this beautiful stadium is to host postseason events and I’m thankful for our fans that have showed up, you know, all year long,” Mingione explained. “They have rallied behind our guys, and they make a huge difference. We have an opportunity to create a home-field advantage, you know, so other teams travel well, but I know they’ll be loud, and they’ll bring it.”

Kentucky takes on Ball State at noon Friday in their first game of the postseason, with gates opening at 10:30.

For a full list of the dos and don’ts, if you plan on going out to KPP this weekend, you can find it here.