Coach Cal is a little disappointed, and he would like to ask for your help. “I’m a little disappointed to report that we haven’t sold all of our tickets for the lower bowl.” Calipari took to his website today to clear up a few things about an event that he mentions only a school like Kentucky could pull off to this magnitude.
A few notes from Calipari:
– None of the players coming back are being paid to take part in the event.
– Calipari wants the players to use this as an opportunity to give back to the community.
– Calipari expects that many players will write big checks to charities like Samaritan’s Feet, 4 Paws for Ability and the West Liberty Recovery Fund.
– UK is unable to officially announce the list of players in attendance, but if you look at Twitter, you can probably figure out what Cal will say: A lot of the players you want to see will be in attendance.
– UK can confirm the members of the 1996 team who will be at the game: Derek Anderson, Wayne Turner, Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Jeff Sheppard, Walter McCarty, Anthony Epps, Jared Prickett and Oliver Simmons.
– Former players Perry Stevenson and Randolph Morris will also be playing in the alumni game.
– Drake will be coaching. But you already knew that.
And in the most Calipari-ish comment of the entire article, Calipari alluded to an unnamed special visitor (my detective skills tell me Julius Randle) who Big Blue Nation can make a big impact with. “Keep in mind we may have some other special people visiting that weekend who will want to see what the Big Blue Nation is capable of. We want to continue to show them that you can only do things like this at this level at Kentucky.”
Tickets for the alumni game can only be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. All remaining seats are reserved and priced at $40 (lower level) and $20 (upper level). There is a four-ticket limit per person. Online orders and phone orders will have additional fees attached.