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Neutral site game: Nashville or Indy?

It looks like the Cats are still planning to add a marquee non-conference game at a neutral site next season, with two possible sites being tossed around: Nashville and Indianapolis.

I am biased, but let’s break down the two cities by pros and cons:

“Nashvegas”
Bridgestone Arena
Potential opponents: Texas, ?
Distance from Lexington: approximately 3.5 hours

PROS
– Great downtown atmosphere around the arena (Broadway, 2nd avenue)
– Huge Nashville-area Kentucky fanbase
– Honky Tonks

CONS
– Been there, done that? Cats will play Vandy there next season, as well as the SEC Tournament.
– Venue not as big (seating capacity 19,000 for basketball)

Indy
Lucas Oil Stadium
Potential opponents: Michigan State, Ohio State
Distance from Lexington: approximately 3.5 hours

PROS
– Home of the NCAA headquarters, which would provide a great “stick it to the man” atmosphere if the BBN shows up in force (they will)
– More tickets (seating capacity 70,000 for basketball)
Peyton Manning sightings

CONS
– Not (immediately) downtown, area surrounding the stadium not as lively as Nashville’s Broadway/2nd avenue
– Poorer views/sight lines

Where would you rather go for a neutral site game? Or, does it depend on the opponent?

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.

59 Comments for Neutral site game: Nashville or Indy?



  1. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    3:03 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Cincinnati



  2. Jayhawk Boy
    3:03 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Kansas in St Louis



  3. ukbstith
    3:04 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Indy all the way…play enough in Nashville already. Still not even close to as good as getting top-3 IU on our home court. Still mad about that one.



  4. Sean
    3:05 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s play UCLA, two year deal, home and home. Problem solved.



  5. 3 fan
    3:06 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    yeah, sit up another game further away from your eastern Ky fans….



  6. Fred
    3:09 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    We need to have a regularly scheduled non-conference game in the Georgia dome… just sayin’



  7. Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins
    3:10 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Lucas Oil Stadium is also the home of the final four every 4 years Would be nice to have already played there’ when the Cats make it that far.



  8. CATS
    3:10 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I want to play UC in Cincinnasty. Some good bars and UK fans would invade.



  9. Blake
    3:11 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, how did you arrive at the conclusion that Lucas Oil is not located in downtown Indianapolis? It is literally a 5 minute walk from the Indanapolis Circle, which is the center of the city and the heart of downtown Indianapolis. There is also tons of bars within a 5 minute walk from Lucas Oil. I attended law school in Indianapolis and would personally love to see a UK basketball game played at Lucas Oil.



  10. Boom Roasted!
    3:11 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal just lobbed a shot at Thameltoe!

    “If the mailman reacted to every barking dog, he would never get the mail delivered.”



  11. yevkazim
    3:11 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Lucas Oil stadium is not directly downtown, but it is a very brief walk. This years Super Bowl was spoken highly of with all of the hotels, restaurants & bars being a brief walk from downtown. The distance between Lucas Oil Field and downtown is approximately the same distance as Transy to Rupp Arena



  12. Hoptown CAT
    3:13 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville, because I live a hour from Bridgestone Arena. Also if it is a weekday game I can easily make the game. If it is in Indy on a weekday no way I am going.



  13. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    3:14 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone is just posting whatever is closest to where they live



  14. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    3:14 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    9 – My point was more that it isn’t in the immediate downtown, like Bridgestone Arena is in Nashville. Whereas you say things are a “five minute walk” away from Lucas Oil in Indy, in Nashville, they are steps away. There’s a difference.



  15. clint
    3:17 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I go for Nashville. I want nothing in anyway to do with Indiana!! GO Katz!!



  16. Another Perspective
    3:17 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I would prefer Indy/OSU because I live in Columbus, OH.



  17. CatFaninTN
    3:18 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville. It’s a hour drive and even if you cannot get tickets there are so many great places you could watch the game downtown. Plus Nashvegas loves BBN and I would get to listen to Clay Travis whine on the radio about how crazy we all are.



  18. paducahcat
    3:18 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville is closer to the fans in western Kentucky that would like to see the Cats play someone other than Vandy at Memorial.



  19. brian
    3:19 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Indi all the way! How awesome would it be to see BBN take over indianapolis and lucas oil!?



  20. CincyUK Fan
    3:19 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    UK vs Ohio State in Indy or UK vs UC in Indy, Go Cats !



  21. 3cats
    3:21 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville, go south young man. Texas or NCst is going to have a heck of a team this year.



  22. C-Bone
    3:26 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bring the Cats to Indy!!!



  23. HOO HOO
    3:28 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care where they play, I love UK! IU sucks!



  24. MKG Fan
    3:28 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Indy, without a doubt.



  25. TheNewOriginal
    3:29 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    15) x 2 – lived in Indy for a year out of college. If I never go back, that will be too soon.



  26. Bunzz
    3:29 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    NASHVILLE!…because it’s closer to me. I live in Alabama.



  27. Yesterdays
    3:29 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    CHICAGO



  28. DesignatedDrinker
    3:30 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I would rather not play a game than give Indiana 1 penny of revenue. So, between the 2, Nashville. But why not play a game every year in NOLA or Vegas or somewhere worth going to. Indianapolis is a s*** hole. Just a dirty dirty city thats cold in basketball season.



  29. CAUKFAN
    3:31 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville – never been to Indy and know I am not missing anything.



  30. vator32nh
    3:36 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I say do a home and home with UNLV. With all the talent UK goes after at Findley Prep and Bishop Gorman in Vegas, this game would be a natural for recruiting.



  31. BBQ DEUCE
    3:37 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ohio St in Indi….next!!! Or Mich St just about anywhere…



  32. Rex's Mullet
    3:38 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    We should play in Chicago.



  33. tee
    3:39 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know how Lucas Oil could be more “downtown” than what it is.



  34. unreconstructed
    3:42 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville…anytime, whoever we play. Why go North in the friggin’ winter???



  35. Hoo Haa
    3:42 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Play Arizona outdoors in the football stadium.

    Play Florida State in the Orange Bowl outdoors.

    Let’s play in a football stadium somewhere.

    Love the SMU in Dallas thought.



  36. Obama
    3:47 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Why can’t they play my Tar heels on an Air craft carrier???



  37. IWantJust"K"OnTheFootballHelmets
    3:48 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Both?



  38. ljames
    3:52 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’d go for Lucas Oil. Big Blue fans are the only ones who could fill the arena if the opposing team’s fans don’t opt for their share.



  39. 44 Stitches
    3:52 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Indianapolis just for the fact IU didn’t want to play us in their back yard back to back years. So let’s play somebody else in the hoosier’s backyard.

    @6… I like your thinking since the Ga Dome is right around the corner from me. I can’t wait till we play duke this coming season at the Dome in the Champion’s Classic. The Dome could be in it’s final years. The Falcon’s want a open air stadium. They looked into renovating the Dome and putting a retractible roof on it. The study showed the Falcons might as well just build a new stadium cost wise. The study also showed the Dome wouldn’t be profitable with a new stadium.



  40. BSBCATS
    3:54 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Chicago! I don’t want to give Indiana a dime of my money.



  41. indycat
    4:17 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    LUCAS OIL IS DOWNTOWN, it’s literally 5 minutes from circle center WALKING (the heart of downtown indy) with tons of bars, restaurants, and hotels all within 5-10 minutes WALKING.



  42. MemphisCat
    4:26 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s play in Memphis against Texas or Kansas.

    Pro’s:
    Not far from Lexington
    Will easily fill the FedEx
    Beale Street overrun with UK
    Rubbing it in Memphis fans faces
    Elvis might make a appearance.

    Con’s:
    It’s Memphis



  43. kykayaker
    4:29 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Indy makes more sense given Cal’s evolving philosophy on scheduling to prep the team for Tourney play…Lucas Oil Stadium is a Final Four venue. Not many opportunities to get experience in that kind of environment.



  44. okolona max
    4:35 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    cats vs. trick daddy in miami!!!!!! ‘cuz im a thug



  45. Billy
    4:51 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    In Nashville verses Memphis



  46. KMan24
    5:07 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Live in Lexington prefer game in Indy.



  47. OH YEAH
    5:09 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Id like to see Memphis in Nashville



  48. Indy UK Fan
    5:11 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    What do you mean Lucas Oil Stadium is not immediately downtown??? I work right downtown and Lucas Oil is a 5-10 minute walk (if that) from the circle. And with all the negative comments about Indy, I doubt we would want that type of jackass UK fan in our city anyways.



  49. OH YEAH
    5:15 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    48) I was in Indy when the ufc came to town and Lucas oil right there. Plenty of bars and night life. I enjoyed myself.



  50. Deputy323
    5:52 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Again why are we playing vandy in the Nashville arena what’s wrong with memorial gym



  51. CATandMONKEY
    6:01 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nashville. Indy would be great if it were located in any other state,territory, protectorate or even a 3rd-world banana republic.

    Must concur with those who opt to not share one cent of revenue or entertainment taxes with the Hoosiers.



  52. Roger
    6:02 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Would love to see a home and home with WV..



  53. ky fan
    6:17 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    unless it is a tournament game, i would rather games be played at rupp.



  54. West Ky. hoops fan
    8:00 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Would fans in the western part of the state go to St. Louis to see the Cats? I sure would, although Nashville is closer. But St. Louis has a big dome that is just sitting there empty most of the time and could probably get 50,000-plus for Kansas or another big-name opponent.



  55. Indy
    10:30 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Major FALSE on Lucas Oil not having stuff going on around the arena. Nashville is the better city, but Indy crushed the Super Bowl due to the great stadium location.



  56. Cats1
    11:41 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    NASHVILLE DUH



  57. dukes of maggard
    2:17 am May 11, 2012 Permalink

    Bridgestone is MUCH BETTER to watch a game than Lucas Oil…Plus when you leave you can walk to Rippys or any of the honkey tonks…maybe a weekend with the Preds in town so we can hit up a double-header…that would be baller



  58. Watts
    8:53 am May 11, 2012 Permalink

    @ #55….yea, i live here, if you consider 2 blocks to the bar scene “a brief walk”…you need to exercise! It takes longer to get to your seat than it does to get to the bars….



  59. Al's IndiCats
    8:59 am May 11, 2012 Permalink

    Being a miss-placed Cat fan for almost 40 years here in Indy, I loved it when we played in the Hoosier/RCA dome. It was a Tournament like atmosphere plus the nightlife has really taken off in the past 3, 4 years. Slippery Noodle is within walking distance. St. Elmos Steak house is an event in itself. Even if you can’t find what you want in the downtown area, you can ALWAYS grab a taxi for a 8 minute drive to Broadripple area where good food and night life for the younger folks. Besides what better way to stick IT to IU as to be playing in their own back yard especially when they play someone like the Little Sister’s of the poor in that termite infested, slum they call ASS-embly Hall!