Home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team, Rupp Arena is located in the heart of downtown Lexington. Designed to host basketball games, it has an official seating capacity of 23,500. This makes it the largest arena in the U.S. among those built specifically for basketball. It opened in 1976, and it was named after Adolph Rupp, a former coach who led Kentucky from 1930 to 1972. The court that the athletes play on is called Cawood's Court, which is named after local broadcaster Cawood Ledford. The Kentucky basketball team has a storied history, and it has built up a strong fan base. The arena is known for being very loud, and the team attracts some of the largest crowds in the nation. Other than hosting men's basketball games, Rupp Arena has also hosted women's collegiate basketball, hockey and arena football games in addition to concerts. You can find Rupp Arena tickets at StubHub.
What is the Rupp Arena seating arrangement like?
The arena is divided into an upper bowl and a lower bowl. In the lower section, the chairs have seat backs, but the upper sections are mostly made of bleacher bench seats. During basketball games, students are packed into the "eRUPPtion Zone," a standing-room area behind one of the goals. This standing-room area as well as the bleacher seats up above allow for more spectators than the official seating capacity suggests. More than a dozen games have been sold out with more than 24,000 people in attendance.
Are there entertainment options nearby?
Rupp Arena is part of the Lexington Center, a large entertainment complex. The center houses a three-level shopping mall, a convention center and the Lexington Opera House. Triangle Park, which has an ice rink and a skateboard park, is also located here. The shopping mall has casual eateries such as Yesterday's Bar and Grille, an establishment with the city's largest billiard room.
What food and beverage options are within Rupp Arena?
There are concession stands placed throughout the arena that serve up the classics like hot dogs, popcorn and soda. Specialty spots are Repicci's Italian Ice and Gelato as well as Gold Star Chili.
Do children need tickets?
For many Rupp Arena events, children ages two and younger do not need a ticket as long as they stay on an adult's lap during the event.
What are the parking options at Rupp Arena?
For on-site parking, drive to the lot on West High Street. This lot has a number of handicapped accessible spaces. There are several nearby streets that have metered street parking in which you have to pay Monday Ð Friday from 8 a.m. Ð 5 p.m. Nearby are many privately run lots that could be convenient for those heading to the arena.Back to Top
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