The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday that the University of Kentucky will be fined $25,000 for a violation of the league's access to competition area policy.
The violation occurred after Kentucky's 31-28 football win over South Carolina last Saturday when fans flooded onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium.
"This policy is designed to create a safe environment for everyone who participates and attends our athletic contests," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release. "The security and protection of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans is our primary concern."
The policy went into effect on Dec. 1, 2004, and was approved by all 12 SEC schools. It imposes financial penalties for violations in all sports, at the discretion of the commissioner. Penalties range from $5,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. If an institution is penalized and subsequently does not have a violation for a period of three years from the date of the last violation, that subsequent violation shall be considered a second offense.
Kentucky's last violation occurred on Oct. 13, 2007, after Kentucky's 43-37 victory over top-ranked LSU.
Its other violations, both in football, occurred on Nov. 4, 2006, and Sept. 15, 2007, after wins over Georgia and Louisville, respectively.