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UK Men’s Basketball, Football Student Tickets Going Mobile


The student ticketing process for University of Kentucky men’s basketball and football games just got a whole lot easier. Beginning this season, students will now be able to purchase and receive their tickets through a new mobile system, eliminating the need to go to the ticket office or participate in a lottery. Paper tickets are also a thing of the past; students will be able to access their tickets through the UK Athletics app on their phone to be scanned at Kroger Field and Rupp Arena.

UK will offer three different season ticket options, along with single-game tickets: the BBN Student Football pass, which is strictly for football games; the BBN Student Pass, which is for all football and men’s basketball games; and the BBN Student Pass Plus, which includes a K Fund donation. Details on each package from UK:

  • BBN Student Football Pass ($35) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football games in 2018, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. The BBN Student Football pass offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $70 for all games.
  • BBN Student Pass ($175) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football and men’s basketball games in 2018-19, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. It also comes with a Team Wildcat membership (t-shirt and other membership benefits). Students are also able to purchase the BBN Student Pass through a two-installment, no-interest payment plan. The BBN Student Pass offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $270 for all games.
  • BBN Student Pass Plus ($200) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football and men’s basketball games in 2018-19, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. The price includes a $25 K Fund donation that will come with five K Fund bonus points so students can begin to “Invest In Blue.” In addition to the Team Wildcat membership that comes with the regular BBN Student Pass, the BBN Student Pass Plus comes with a tumbler, access to an exclusive facility tour, and priority access to postseason football and men’s basketball tickets, based on availability. Students are also able to purchase the BBN Student Pass Plus through a two-installment, no-interest payment plan. The BBN Student Pass Plus offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $270 for all games.
  • SingleGame Tickets – A limited number of single-game tickets will still be available for purchase for students who do not wish to purchase a season package or are unable to do so. All single-game football and men’s basketball tickets will cost $10 apiece. Guest tickets will still be available after students have access to purchase tickets, based on availability. These are specially priced tickets for guests of UK students that do not require a student ID for admission.

Season passes will be available for purchase exclusively online at UKStudentTix.com beginning July 17 at 9 a.m. ET. Admission to all other regular season UK Athletics events besides football and men’s basketball games will remain free with valid student ID. As mentioned earlier, single-game student ticket prices for football games are increasing from $5 to $10, the first increase in over a decade, to be in line with men’s basketball ticket prices.

How will students claim their tickets for each game? Gone are the days of sitting in Memorial Coliseum for hours on end for the lottery. Now, season pass holders will be alerted when it’s time to claim their tickets with a push notification on their phone and single game tickets can be purchased through the UK Athletics app. On game days, students with season passes and single game tickets will be given a wrist band or seat location when they arrive at Kroger Field or Rupp Arena, allowing for groups of friends to sit together more easily. Tickets can also be transferred to other UK students through the UK Athletics app.

How will the upcoming renovations to Rupp Arena affect student ticket allotment? According to UK, lower level student seating will remain the same; however, upper level seating will decrease due to construction, but will meet the demand measured in recent seasons. (Given the poor student attendance in years past, that’s not surprising.) Student allotment at football games will stay the same.

Students, your voices have been heard. Kudos to UK for catching up with the times.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

5 responses to “UK Men’s Basketball, Football Student Tickets Going Mobile”

  1. rlburd2

    Lazy scrubs.

  2. bhb71

    Very happy with UK. Not only will this boost student attendance, but it makes the process of getting a ticket more meritocratic, which will make the student section atmosphere better because it will be composed of people who legitimately love Kentucky basketball.

  3. lexcatfan2367

    Nice!

  4. madarchitect

    Not as nice as when football and basketball tickets were free to all students.

    I atually had to download an ad blocker to be able to hit the “post comment” button on this website. If you’re going to litter the site with advertisements, you should do so in a way that still allows the content of the site to be functional.

  5. timer2

    When the Cats were playing in Memorial Coliseum, students got in based on where they lined-up outside the Coliseum before the game. There were no tickets. You showed your student ID and you were admitted. There was a large area behind the basket on the Avenue of Champions side where you stood if you didn’t get a seat.