Welcome to Rupp Arena, Louisville fans!
Before you enter the friendly confines of Rupp Arena, it’s important to have an understanding of the hallowed grounds you’re about to encounter. You see, unlike the Yum! Center, Rupp Arena is filled with college basketball tradition, excellence, and prestige, not beard clippings and the Colonel’s secret recipe. While the Yum! Center is a state-of-the-art facility, it is a completely different environment from where your Cardinals will play the first two games of the NCAA Tournament.
So, in order to prepare you for tonight’s game and a potential Saturday game if U of L wins, here are 10 things you should know about Rupp Arena. Just consider it a favor from a lonely Kentucky fan down the road…
1.) Before you ask, NO, you may not bring your handgun.
The following items are not permitted in Rupp Arena: backpacks, weapons of any type, video or audio recording equipment, frisbees, laser pointers, animals, baby seats or carrier, unauthorized noise makers, helium balloons, fireworks, or signs larger than 24′ x 24′.
I would encourage you to leave your piece and/or strap inside the whip and pick it up before you enter da club later tonight.
2.) Rupp Arena is a dry facility.
I’m admittedly quite envious of what the Yum! Center offers the drinking crowd during regular season games, but Rupp Arena does not provide refreshments of the party variety. I’m sorry if you were counting on a good ol’ Thursday night blackout.
Depending on what brand of cargo shorts you’re wearing, you may be able to sneak in a couple cans of Four Loko, although I’d recommend a smaller container. I’m told Natural Light’s new mini-bottles are popular at Okolona PTA meetings and church functions.
3.) Those are banners.
College basketball programs hang those after winning championships. And believe it or not, the banner hanging tradition did not end in the 80s and there is no NCAA rule that says you can’t have more than two.
4.) Please don’t steal anything.
I’m serious. It’s not easy for us to see your team, our rival, chase an Elite Eight season in our own arena, so we ask that you be courteous to Kentucky fans and not steal anything.
And since we can’t stop you from vandalizing the place, please keep all vandalism to a minimum. Treat Rupp Arena as you would your parole officer’s living room.
5.) Though someone may tell you otherwise, the PITINO name you see hanging in the rafters isn’t the same Pitino who coaches Louisville.
It’s a younger, better, more likable Pitino that Kentucky fans celebrate. Unlike Louisville’s head basketball coach, that Pitino was respected in college basketball and did things, like, win and put players in the NBA.
6.) When Instagramming photos, please refrain from embarrassing hashtags if you geotag the location.
#Birdgang, #L1C4, #CardSoHard and #ClearEyesFreshFades are acceptable in social media when you’re on your own turf. Don’t dirty up what we’ve got going on here.
7.) It can get nippy in the lower level seating.
Tell Peyton Siva’s dad to wear a t-shirt under his smedium jersey.
8.) Again, please don’t steal anything.
If you do, at least go to a pawn shop nearby so we recover our possessions.
9.) The big white speaker will not fit in the trunk of your Acura.
I understand all the hot tail that comes along with having the loudest ride on Dixie Highway, but that sound system is a lot bigger than people realize.
The bass is terrible, too. You wouldn’t be able to differentiate between all the songs on your Panama ’05 mixtape.
10.) Enjoy a win in Rupp Arena.
Because you won’t see it again for a long, long time.
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