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Kentucky Basketball announces 2018 Bahamas Trip


You’ve been asking, and we finally have the details for the Bahamas trip.

Kentucky just announced the details for this summer’s foreign tour, which will once again take place at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas from August 6-13, 2018. The Cats will play four games vs. professional teams at the Atlantis Imperial Arena, which is on-site, unlike the previous trip.

Here’s the schedule:

  • August 8 – vs. Bahamas national team (Made up of several Bahamian players competing for the World Cup Qualifying Team)
  • August 9 – vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (FIBA Liga de las Americas champions based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • August 11 – vs. Mega Bemax (Serbian team coined the “European Kentucky” for its ability to put players in the NBA)
  • August 12 – vs. Team Toronto (Group of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led the 2019 U19 Canadian team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships)

According to UK, rates start at:

  • Beach at Atlantis: $173
  • Coral at Atlantis: $229
  • Royal at Atlantis “Official UK Team Tower”: $269
  • Reef at Atlantis: $349
  • The Cove at Atlantis: $479

For more information and to book, visit AtlantisBahamas.com/UK. Tickets can only be purchased if you have a room reservation at the Atlantis. You may purchase tickets online through the UK Ticket Office via the exclusive link at AtlantisBahamas.com/UK once you have booked your room reservation in the Kentucky block.

Tickets are not included with hotel packages and must be purchased separately. Ticket books are priced at $400 each and will include entry into all four games. Children under the age of 2 will not require a ticket for admission. Tickets will be mailed in late June. All seating is general admission, except those held for team guests. K Fund members interested in the exclusive travel package, including charter flight from Lexington, may call (859) 257-6300 for more information.

“If you know me, you know I’ve talked a lot about college basketball taking over the month of August,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “It’s a perfect time – when we have nothing else going on – to get with our kids, practice and give our fans a chance to see our team before school starts. The current rules only allow us to do it every four years and this one comes at a great time. We’re going to have another young team and will have a tough schedule early. Getting these games in against professional competition and allowing us to practice will give our guys an early idea of how hard this is going to be.”

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 responses to “Kentucky Basketball announces 2018 Bahamas Trip”

  1. Yev

    Anyone else feel like $100 per game and you have to buy all 4 is a bit steep?

    1. Tipa

      Considering you have to be staying at the resort, and you have to buy tickets…Yes! I figured tickets would be included with the hotel stay, but I know promotions like these are not for the majority of fans. (It’s more so for the players and I’m all for that).

    2. BBNDan7

      Yeah, definitely not for the “average” fan

  2. KYjellyRoll

    Purrfect for these kids. Can’t wait

  3. Han

    Just 4 games this time. Don’t know if the competition is better or worse than last time. But fewer games leaves more time for hanging out and getting to know new teammates.

    Hopefully everyone’s healthy and reclassified/eligible by the time this trip occurs. The extra practices and game time did wonders last time.

  4. DenimJerseys

    I just got a quote for 4 nights to the team hotel and it was 1500 – PLUS OVER $800 in resort fees! The resort fees absolutely kill you

  5. King Kelly Coleman

    How many individual tickets are in a book?

  6. Alex90

    Is this UK setting the prices or someone else? $100 per game to watch an amateur scrimmage is outrageous especially considering the other costs of just getting there.

  7. 3 fan

    Damn! Expensive much???

  8. Realme

    I hope the lucky people who can afford to go have a blast, and support our players loudly. The rest of us get to watch free UK bball in August. No complaints here.

  9. kcanant

    Even the high prices listed above are not honest.
    I tried to book the Reef (listed at $349/night) for 3 people.
    I was told an extra person is $50/night (OK, so $399/night).
    Nope.
    $349 isn’t really available (more like $520).
    Still, I thought maybe…
    Next, $50/person per day resort fees.
    Now, we’re up to $670/day.
    Probably out of my league.
    But wait, there’s more.
    Extra miscellaneous fees with a final quote of $5221.76 for 6 days (meals/tickets/airfare NOT included).
    Listed price per night $349.
    Actual price per night $870.29 (plus tickets and airfare).
    We can’t do it.
    FWIW, we went last time and it was beyond great.