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  • Kentucky basketball: Rupp Arena reduces capacity, increases comfort

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball sent notices to its season-ticket holders Friday announcing major changes coming to the game day experience at Rupp Arena: By the 2020-21 season, the facility will have four new club spaces, about 3,000 fewer seats and chair backs for upper-level sideline seats.
    The renovations were negotiated into the university’s new lease with the Lexington Center Corporation that runs through 2033. They could cost up to $15 million. Replacing bleachers with actual chairs from section 211 to 217 and from 228 to 234 will reduce the capacity of the arena to about 20,500.
    That would drop the historic building to sixth on the list of college basketball’s biggest cathedrals — but not necessarily take Kentucky out of the running for its annual attendance crown. The Wildcats have led the nation in attendance 20 times in the last 23 years. Second-place Syracuse averaged 21,462 last season.
    The bigger worry for Big Blue Nation in this renovation, though, will be the resulting reshuffle of upper-level seating. Athletic department officials briefed SEC Country and other local reporters Thursday on the details of the project and how changes will affect fans. Lower-level seating will be unaffected, but the entire upper level will be reseated.
    It is also possible upper-level student seating, which was often not full last season, will be reduced. Leading the nation in total attendance, one Kentucky official said Thursday, was less important to athletic department leaders than creating a better experience for the program’s fans.

    https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/...capacity-clubs
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    Finally.....chair back seats are long over due

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    • #3
      When you reduce incoming cash, you have to make up the difference. Look for prices to go up, but you're right, chairbacks are long overdue.
      John 3:3

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lighthouse View Post
        When you reduce incoming cash, you have to make up the difference. Look for prices to go up, but you're right, chairbacks are long overdue.
        Yes, with reduced seating, increased income will come from the "Club" areas. Also, only a couple of games have been sell outs with
        many games having only 20 to 22K attending. The Student sections up top do not sell out on a regular basis. Tickets can be got for
        most all games if one wants to go.
        Eight is great--Time for Nine

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chaz View Post

          Yes, with reduced seating, increased income will come from the "Club" areas. Also, only a couple of games have been sell outs with
          many games having only 20 to 22K attending. The Student sections up top do not sell out on a regular basis. Tickets can be got for
          most all games if one wants to go.
          Forgot about the Club areas. How many are there? I know one goes to the UK President.
          John 3:3

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lighthouse View Post

            Forgot about the Club areas. How many are there? I know one goes to the UK President.
            The article says four club spaces.
            Kentucky fan since 1971.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KevinHall View Post

              The article says four club spaces.
              With so few I bet they will be high dollar investments. I still think UK'S best investment would be a new on campus arena. It will take forever to bring Rupp up to a comparable site. All they would have to do is say they need the money and it would come in.
              John 3:3

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              Kentucky basketball: Rupp Arena reduces capacity, increases comfort

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