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King names Rupp Arena one of College Basketball’s toughest venues

Glad to be able to use this graphic again.

In one of his weekly “it’s the off-season, let’s think of more things to rank” columns, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason King puts Rupp Arena in his top 10 toughest road environments in college basketball:

Rupp Arena, Kentucky — Nicknamed the “Cathedral of Basketball,” Rupp Arena is the largest arena in the United States built specifically for hoops. The venue’s 23,500 seats are often filled by celebrities such as Ashley Judd, which gives Wildcats’ games a “big-time” feel. Kentucky is 460-60 all-time at Rupp Arena, which was built in 1976. Historic and awe-striking as the building may be for fans, it’s not quite as intimidating for opposing players as the aforementioned arenas.

Well, that’s certainly a diplomatic way to put it. Don’t get me wrong: I love Rupp. It is steeped in history and tradition, and for big games, it can be possibly the loudest place on Earth (UK vs. Florida, Tayshaun’s fifth three vs. North Carolina, Rick’s first entrance as a Card). However, for the East Tennessee’s and Winthrop’s of the world, it can be the quietest. In my opinion, there isn’t a way to rectify Rupp’s quiet moments aside from building a new arena. You’ve got to get students around the court and blue hairs in suites or a club level. Achieving that through a renovation of Rupp would be very, very difficult.

Or, we could do what the Dallas Mavericks did this year: shame fans who don’t participate via the jumbotron. I nominate Drew Franklin for the job.

Here’s a story about the Mavericks’ crowd-shaming jumbotron (don’t worry, NPR won’t bite, I swear):

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for King names Rupp Arena one of College Basketball’s toughest venues

  1. Phillyukfan
    5:17 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Not that intimidating whateva ask the jayhawks and there fans on NCAA basketball 2010 was routed 94 to 36 they couldn’t even get into that game….so you know duke and unc both went down as well at there house by double digits….

  2. hmmm
    5:35 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Duke doesn’t want to come to Rupp. Intimidated.

  3. Will
    5:57 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Lets just go ahead and add Dec. 4 to that list of loud games…

  4. PayUp
    6:02 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I see the chum bucket isn’t on that list

  5. shadowboxer
    6:13 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Rupp is not intimidating. How can it be when the lower arena is filled with blue hairs sucking on oxygen tanks. That is kinda scary, but in a completely different way.

  6. Captain Obvious
    9:21 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Ummm…UK under Calipari…umm…undefeated at Rupp??

    Yeah, I’d say that makes for a pretty tough venue.

    I just hope King’s quote is in reference to the BCG era/debacle, since “it’s not quite as intimidating.”

  7. uk3k
    10:05 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    wow, did i really see a link to NPR on KSR? i cant believe it. I would like to volunteer to be the new wine and cheese specialist if we are classing the site up like that.

    good link though.