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Patrick Patterson Gets it Right Again

On Tuesday, the newest addition to the KSR family, KSRCollege.com debuted. The writing there has been very strong and they have done what I had hope would happen…put out viewpoints and reporting on UK sports from a campus perspective. Make sure and visit the site when you can and give support to the new generation of UK bloggers. Tonight we feature a post by Ashley Scoby, who says she agrees with Patrick Patterson’s critique of the seating structure at Rupp Arena:

If you don’t follow Patrick Patterson on Twitter (you should), here’s what he had to say last night about the Rupp renovations:

 

 

@pdpattPatrick Patterson

Lookin at the pics on KSR of “renovated” Rupp Arena.. Feeling it. Needs more than one student section tho. Boosters can sit in suites.

18 hours ago via webFavorite Retweet Reply

 

Let me just start off by saying HECK. YES.  And now let me tell you why this tweet explains my thoughts to perfection:

I am jealous of Duke for one reason, and for one reason only, and that is the student section at Cameron Indoor.  I can almost guarantee that the BBN has better fans than the Dukies do, but our arena doesn’t let us show off that gift (because yes, having students as passionate as we are is a gift).  Students are stuck behind the goal, making it A) difficult for students to see the game… and B) difficult for TV cameras to see the students unless the camera operators are making it a point to pan the crowd.

If we could have the students circling the court, I think there wouldn’t even be a word to describe the awesomeness that would happen.  UK students are the best of the best when it comes to basketball, and we would definitely not disappoint.  Like Patterson said, the boosters can sit in suites.

I know the age-old argument as well as anybody does: Boosters pay the big bucks, so they get the best seats in the house.  But guess what?   I pay over $16,000 a year to attend UK, and people who come here from out of state pay roughly double that.  I think the least the university could do is give us some decent seating at Rupp.

And do the boosters really care that much about being two or three rows from the court, as opposed to being in a luxury box?  You can’t tell me that the smell of the players’ sweat is that appealing to these people.  Nine times out of ten, if those same boosters are at a sporting event other than a UK basketball game, they’re going to be in a suite, not in the stands.

It’s time for change at Rupp.  It’s clear that with renovations set to happen in the near future, the overall look of the arena will be changing.  But I want changes in the atmosphere of the place too.  Spreading the student section around the court would only make Rupp crazier than it already is.

Now, if the people in charge don’t want to spread the student section around, take Patrick Patterson’s advice and add a second student section.  Put us at both ends of the court.  Give another full section of the lower arena to the students.  By no means am I suggesting that Rupp be given fully to the college kids, but we do pay quite a bit more money than the average Joe to be at the University of Kentucky.  Give us a chance to show why we love our school.

And on a similar topic, while you’re “fixing” Rupp… fix the lottery system.  I’m begging you.  There is no reason for me to be sitting at Memorial Coliseum for two and a half hours just so I can get Row U tickets in the upper section for two games.

Assign everyone (or every group) their random number, and then assign them lower arena, upper arena, or ERUPPtion zone tickets.  They can pick these tickets up anytime they want to, but before a certain date (let’s say a week before a game).  If the people who won the lottery never picked up their tickets before that predetermined date, then allow other people to purchase them.

Or, make it similar to class registration at UK: Give each group of students a window of time that they can go online and purchase their tickets.

Honestly, I really don’t care how it’s done, as long as people aren’t sitting for two or three hours for tickets that aren’t even quality seats.  I realize that we’re given tickets at the student price of $5, and that’s far below the face value of a Kentucky basketball ticket, but the system to actually purchase them is broken.  The seating system at Rupp isn’t necessarily broken, but it needs to be tweaked as well.

Let’s get it done, UK.  And let’s show the rest of the college basketball world why we’re the best in the nation.

Article written by Matt Jones

72 Comments for Patrick Patterson Gets it Right Again



  1. Eloy the Destroyer
    10:21 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    1st ha ha



  2. Eloy the Destroyer
    10:22 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    The platinum unis will match the lower arena fans hair color!



  3. Like
    10:23 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Alot



  4. wldctky
    10:24 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    people pay big bucks to sit as close to the floor as they can… when the students cough up that kind of cash they can too



  5. ashley scoby
    10:26 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    sooo… im def as good as thomas and much better than stuart. why not relegate them to ksrcollege



  6. as89
    10:26 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Until UK listens: OCCUPY RUPP



  7. Sean Ross Sapp
    10:27 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #4 You realize that without the students there is no university or team to cheer for, correct?



  8. catsfan
    10:29 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    @wldctky students pay more than enough in tuition to get good seats. You pay $20,000 a year as an out-of-state student and then we can talk



  9. Specialk22
    10:32 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    As a student, I really dont think the lottery system is that bad at all. It was changed from previous years where people could sit at Memorial for hours and not even get tickets, but now, because of the online pre-drawing, you are guaranteed tickets if you are chosen to show up at Memorial and personally, I dont think its that bad.



  10. #Rise
    10:32 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Always listen to Ppat.



  11. bigmac
    10:34 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, but PPat and Ashley have this wrong.

    1. Luxury suites are for corporations, not individual ticket holders. You can’t just move “boosters” or long-time season ticket holders to suites.

    2. The UK student section leaves alot to be desired. Do we really want to encircle the court with people that seemingly can’t come up with anything more clever than “Walsh is gay”?



  12. CATS
    10:36 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #4) Who gives a crap? Paying money means nothing about what kind of a fan you are. I agree with Matt, students are technically “boosters” too with all the money they pay to the university.



  13. Steve From Nicholasville
    10:36 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    While they are also fixing all of these things lets get them to fix the way they hand out big blue madness tickets. I camped out for 5 days and nights out in the crazy weather just so I could get better tickets so my autistic children could enjoy themselves. What happens? We end up getting tickets in section 215 while others who rolled out of bed minutes before ticketmaster opened got lower level. This def needs to be fixed.



  14. Chi-TownCat
    10:37 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see the students get at least one full side and put the bluehaired bluebloods on the other



  15. Chi-TownCat
    10:37 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    its called compromise



  16. Funky Monkey
    10:38 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Back in the day, ’79-’84, we’d camp out, had a blast and got Section 31 tickets. We rocked Rupp (till C.M. Newton started the “greed” train).



  17. Kycats
    10:46 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I could not have said it better I agree with everything this post says 110% let’s put the students around the court I am sick of all the fans being so dull and quite unless we are neck and neck with someone or beating the brakes off of them



  18. Idea
    10:51 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    For all students that get accepted to UK, there should be an UK bball entrance exam that would judge your knowledge of the program, thus granting you the best (student section) seats. This eliminates the waiting and luck. It has been so frustrating to see people with not the slightest clue get front row seats.



  19. catsfan
    10:56 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #18 I couldn’t agree more. I’m tired of being near a ton idiot girls (and I am of the same gender so I can say what I want) with their “Marry me Jarrod” signs that sit there texting on their phones until the camera comes on.



  20. Cliver
    11:02 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Scoby, if you’re jealous of dook, there’s no place for you on a Kentucky fan site.



  21. lpool003
    11:09 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I know from personal experience the students will never get more than what they have right now. The people making the decisions on what tickets are sold to students are basically boosters themselves. I took the exact same argument you have here all the way to the athletic department and got two answers. First, the lottery will never change; simply because the athletic department does not see a reason for it to change. They like having an inexpensive, easy and well-established process to go by. Secondly, they will never give students any more tickets in the lower arena. The only thing the luxury boxes will provide is a higher price level to charge boosters. I wish things would change too, but from my experience with the AD, don’t count on it.



  22. thenameobdigity
    11:33 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    That would beore than a stretch to say UK students are as good as Duke students as far as cheering goes. Night/day. The reason is everyone knows the cheers.



  23. the old woolworth building
    11:33 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    And like every good intention that Lexington may have, they will somehow royal-y screw the proverbial cat.



  24. uktailg8er
    11:37 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Forget students circling the court. Half the circle should be students, and the other half should be “people from a county in Kentucky with a populations less than 20,000 people”, (for the record that is 64 counties.)



  25. Mark
    12:04 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    16k a year in instate tuition? So it has somehow doubled since 2006 when I graduated…… I do however agree that our student section sucks but doubt it will ever change.



  26. CliffFrankLou
    12:20 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Your tuition buys your education, not courtside seats. You are assuming (incorrectly) that none of the folks sitting in the good seats had paid tuition, too. Typical of the current generation of entitled students.



  27. Too early
    12:25 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    More student = better atmosphere = tougher road environment.
    Also; #11: Walsh is gay. Don’t hate.



  28. Han
    12:29 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    11) You’re right about luxury boxes and corporations. And our students are not the most knowledgeable or passionate fans we have by far, either. You know all those away games and tournaments where “the real fans” supposedly show up and rock the house? Those aren’t students. Those are older alumni and out-of-state fans. Even our students don’t always show up to the game, despite the fact that most of them live in or near Lexington.

    13) If you’re going to stress that your kids are autistic (instead of just saying “my kids”) as an extra bit of indignation or for sympathy, it’s only fair to ask because aren’t many forms of autism characterized by a disconnect that means they don’t enjoy things the way most other people do? It is, after all, typically a social disorder. Just saying’



  29. Han
    12:32 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    27) Walsh is gay in the South Park way, i.e. he sucks (and not the dick, so far as I know). Dude’s gay for having a girlfriend who was in Playboy. Mainly he was gay for the frizzy afro and headband and being the guy who most looked like you could get in his head with a joke about who he likes in his bed. Drop Dead Fred!



  30. catsfan
    12:42 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    The students don’t travel for one obvious reason: we have classes. Not everyone has a major that can miss class all the time. That doesn’t mean we aren’t passionate. At the Final Four last year, our student section was almost full and there were plenty more in the stands. Alumni that are retired don’t have that kind of obligation, so of course they can travel. Most of the fans at Rupp are great, but there are plenty that can’t even go as far as to wear a blue shirt to the game. That’s what you call the current generation of entitled boosters.



  31. Checkmate
    12:45 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    The Duke student section is suffering a continual decline in attendance by students other than for major opponents. Duke is now forced to sell student seat tickets at Cameron to, gasp, non-students. Students are fickle and unreliable. Why on earth should they be rewarded with prime seats? So Rupp Arena could be viewed by millions of TV viewers with empty seats in the most coveted spot available? No way.



  32. Bob
    1:13 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Fickle and unreliable? You’re out of your old ass mind if you think student’s wouldn’t fill every seat made available to them.



  33. Viren
    1:37 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Patrick Patterson is right we need a true student section. Is it to much to ask for 3-6 rows near the court side to create one of the best atmosphere. WE NEED A TRUE STUDENT SECTION. I will be very disappointed if they do not insert true student section. Students need to be along the side not in the end zones. MATT what can we do as a fan to get this done. Occupy E High Street with picket signs?



  34. wake up
    1:55 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    What can you do? Not a damn thing. (Smokey voice)



  35. Cal
    3:57 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I would think we could come up with some type of alternitive to keep everyone happy. Why couldnt you design some box seats all the way around the stadium, say 5 rows up, and sell these to the big time booster, who UK really needs by the way.
    The students could still occupy the first 5 rows around the court, those boosters/fans that could afford or would rather have the box seats could buy those. Since this is still all under design, this would be a good option to think about.
    And please, put some type of sound reflectors in over the rafters, Rupp would rock.



  36. Brandon
    4:01 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to see just the lower double letters on the sides replaced with standing room, those seats down low without arm rests. I believe there is 4-6 of these rows and should be able to make around 8-12 standing rows of loud kids down there cheering everyone on. Maybe Joe B can keep his seat down there though.



  37. Bledsoe's Biceps
    4:35 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to see a better seating arrangement for the students. I like the idea of a standing room section to replace the first 4-5 rows along one side of the court. But the cost of tuition is totally irrelevant to justifying better student seats. Athletics is a self supporting entity that gets ZERO money from the university and therefore the money students pay for their education. It’s tough being young and having little financial means, but face the facts. The money from boosters and those paying for lower level seats is what helps float the athletic ship. Student tuition costs have absolutely no financial bearing in the equation.



  38. timer
    5:36 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Just make it festival seating the way it was back when the games were in Memorial Coliseum. Students got in line the day of the game and those who stood in line the longest (the line sometimes circled Memorial Coliseum) got in first. When you got in you ran to claim your seat. No student was ever turned away from a game at Memorial Coliseum. A lot of times you had to stand underneath the basked on the Avenue of Champions side, but if you had a valid student ID you were always admitted – free.



  39. Still the best
    5:45 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I would at least like to see the students behind the opponents basket in the second half during crunch time !!!



  40. BravoBigBlue
    6:23 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Make both endzones ERuption Zones.



  41. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:32 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I say do the following: Both EndZones as eRuption zones, and then maybe 3 rows back have the student section across the length of the court. Boosters still get their top seats and suites and students are visible for games. Both parties satisfied.



  42. MJ4UK
    7:33 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I say have an erupption zone at both ends as well as the first 10 to 15 rows all the way around…while the money is nice from boosters, PPat hit the nail on the head.

    More Students + More Noise – People in lower arena who sit down the entire game = Road environment impossible to win in!!!



  43. MJ4UK
    7:33 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    For the opposition of course



  44. UKBlue
    7:42 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Fixing the seating at Rupp is no easy task !! Give up money for crazier fans in the lower arena. The 4 rows behind the benches should be big money seats; raise the prices for these seats to offset the money lost from big money blue hairs losing seats. If the Big Money Blue Hairs really want to go to the game & have the right to sit in the big money seats, then throw down the dolla dolla bills yo.

    The next four rows all around the lower arena should be student seats to make up for the boringness of the blue hairs. Keep the current Eruption Zone & add the same number for Eruption Zone Seats to the other end. After that, all the other seats are up for grabs.



  45. James
    7:48 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    #8… While I agree more students in lower arena would be great, this notion of I pay “x” amount of dollars in tuition, therefore I deserve the best seats in absurd. Boosters DONATE large sums of money to the University for these seats. A student paying tuition is purchasing an education. Tuition is not a donation of any kind. In fact, for most students, the University’s cost of providing said education outweighs what it charges the student in tuition. While tuition is indeed money going to UK, the services provided to the student (professor salaries, physical plant, administrative costs, etc, etc) is what that money is going toward. Tuition is purchasing a product, not donating money for basketball seats. Having said that, let’s get more students down low! Not because, they pay tuition, but because it is right. You are only a student at your University for a short period of time in your life. Students will repay UK for this by being loud at games and creating a fantastic atmosphere…



  46. playersfan
    7:56 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    No such change should be advocated without providing some facts about the finance repercusions. It seems like we have the best in the world now, why change without studying the consequences.

    The last time I looked Duke athletics were not self-sustaining, and required money from university. UK is just the opposite, I’m not certain I like the idea of UK athletics being a big profit center for the school, while pricing ordinary fans, students and others out, but it needs some facts rather than “I want to be like Duke”.

    By the way, the blue hairs weren’t always blue, and many of them have been their since before they were blue hairs, and remember, you may be a blue hair someday and like to continue to watch UK basketball.



  47. RealCatsFan
    7:59 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I have always like the idea of a standing room only area the entire length of the court that could be slightly below floor level. This would put the students right down there on the floor where they could make the most noise, and it wouldn’t obstruct the view of the big money seats. With all of the jumbo-trons going up in the stadium, any viewing issues with the lower standing level would be offset by being right there in the thick of the action. The kids would still be visible on TV too.

    Also, perhaps split the eRupption zone up and divide it evenly for both end zones. You will never get the AD to agree to eliminate any high dollar lower level seats in exchange for student seating, so a relocation is the only option here.



  48. RealCatsFan
    8:07 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    #45, a little off the subject, but there are few expenses in daily life that are increasing at a faster rate than the cost of college tuition, and I can’t see a good reason for it. I know most professors and teachers will argue that their salaries are not increasing at such a pace, and there have been arguments for the need for capital projects such as better dorms for years, so it doesn’t seem to be spent there. I guess the only thing that leaves is administrator salaries and bonuses, unless there is something that i overlooked (and I might well have). And I am not just singling out UK, but college tuition across the country – the costs are becoming insane! At this rate I will have to sell my house just to finance college for my two daughters. I guess I better start them dribbling…



  49. UKFanInCincy
    8:24 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Raise the Basketball floor. THen add 5-8 rows of students section the length of the floor. But they will be standing on the floor. That way the Blue hairs can sit and Knit and watch the game but we still have the students to make noise and do student stuff. What do you think? Problem solved!!



  50. Big Five Schools I Philly
    8:36 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    The students at the schools in Philly PRACTICE before big games. There needs to be someone organizing the cheers. St Joes and Penn student sections are incredible. If you want more seats show some imagination. Sing songy cheers are the best ones so please make some up. At Temple they sing Ole ole ole when Fernandez does something good. Hello, Eloy Vargas much.



  51. Al's IndiCats
    8:47 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    P Square has nailed it! Although I’vce only been to Rupp a couple of times I honestly cannot remember the layout of it. I said back in the late 80s and early 90s, the student body needs to be close to the floor for the intimidation factor when we need for it to be. Again I don’t know of any student that can come up with a 6 figure sum for a donation. But there has to be a happy medium somewhere along the line. One more thought to be pondered, isn’t today’s UK student, going to be a UK alumni tomorrow?
    For one thing and I know there’s no money for it BUT, I’m against refurbishing Rupp all together! You can gut an old house and put up walls in different places (as long as they are NOT load bearing) and remodel, but what do you still have? That’s right, an old structure with a nice decor.
    As strong as UK fan base is, I think they could fill a 30 to 35,000 seat arena with no problem at all.



  52. Clandestine
    9:00 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Students around the court. #1 issue for our home court. Make it happen Mr. Jones!



  53. Nate
    9:13 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wasn’t there just a note that came out recently announcing that student tickets were still available for upcoming games, even after the lottery and morning after sales?



  54. Left Side of the Aisle
    9:22 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m suprised none of my occupy brothers and sisters haven’t suggested that us students should protest if we don’t get a better section in the renovation. I say we protest by not showing up a game or two or three….or until we are heard.



  55. FYI
    9:31 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    students around the court doesn’t do anything… put them on the ends….
    if they want to be rowdy, do it behind the baskets..
    our student section isn’t as crazy as one would think..
    we have a referee and a bearded guy that has been there for 20 years.



  56. Just saying
    9:32 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    you all realize Duke is REDUCING their student section and selling those tickets to paying public? Duke is going to reduce the number of free student tickets to 800-1000. So UK fans YOU CANT HAVE IT ALL. You can not ask and expect a 250million dollar renovation AND expect to give tickets away. Trust me, I graduated from UK and Ill be the first to tell you UK basketball tickets ARE NOT included in tuition. If anything at all UK basketball ticket prices will double in price and the student will be required to pay 15-20 per ticket to make up for the revenue. UK already sells out every game, so unless they raise prices how else can anyone expect to compensate for the cost of renovation?

    54. If students dont show up, UK will sell those tickets, make money, and you may never be let back in. Do not bite the hand that feeds you



  57. MJ4UK
    9:32 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    53…That was during Christmas Break



  58. Just saying
    9:42 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    everyone wanted the YUM center, well youll get it. High prices, higher seating, and comercials on during every break.

    The only question now will be when they tell us it will be the “Pepsi (or whatever) Center” with “Rupp’s Court”. Dont think it will happen, sit back and wait. UL is the highest revenue basketball program by a mile, and someone tell me where their student section is. When you trade in your 1970 clunker for a 2012 shiny new ride, you have to make the payments



  59. how on a second
    9:56 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Duke is a private school where tuition is a least double UKs, and they play in a highschool gym that holds 9600 people, and they only allow approx 2000 undergraduate students, and reports are coming out they are going to reduce that. As of today, at $65 per ticket they sell out and jump around like crazy (cameron crazies), but the myth that all those people are students is simply wrong. As a matter of fact Duke has had a lower turnout for student tickets this year than ever before, and are selling those tickets to grad students and corporations.

    http://rushthecourt.net/2012/01/25/cameron-confidential-some-crazies-arent-students/

    We dont have the tution revenue or booster revenue as Duke, and we dont play in a 9600 seat HS gym. We simply can not compare ourselves to that. However, if the issue is standing and yelling, then simply make the lower section on one side a standing area only and sell the those tickets. It would resemble what Memorial looked like during the NIT.



  60. Ryan
    10:49 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see more students as well, but we have to keep the boosters happy. So I would suggest, having endzone seating on both ends. They wouldn’t have to go up as far as they do now, since they are on both sides. I would like to see a standing group on one side of the court, the one where the cameras are. It wouldn’t have to be the whole lower just 5 or 6 rows which would equal 3 seating areas. This would increase the crazyness as well as seating capacity. I would argue to raise student ticket prices if this is a money issue.



  61. Brewer16
    11:00 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Changes to the lottery can be brought about in student senate. It doesn’t have to come from the administration.



  62. StepUp
    11:15 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    The current student section is TERRIBLE. You can never hear them making much of a sound unless it’s a big game (UNC, UofL). The last home game against Alabama was tough, but you couldn’t hear squat out of the students during the first 36 minutes of the game.

    Oh by the way, can’t the students come up with something better during the intros of opposing teams? Yelling SUCKS after each players name is stupid. Show some innovation. Be more creative You all need HELP desperately if you want to be the BEST STUDENT SECTION!!!



  63. catsfan
    11:17 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    #45 I never said my tuition was paying for my ticket. I was making the point that after paying that much every year, plus rent, plus food, etc. there is very little room to buy tickets, especially when you don’t get in the lottery. I would rather have a system like we do for Big Blue Madness where we have to line up days beforehand for a set of 3+ games. Then at least the real fans would have a better chance of getting in.



  64. Ol'Skool
    11:36 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    62 – I agree. The students need some help getting on the same page.

    Back in 1996-99, the Kernel used to put things in their paper the day before big games of things to say during the opposing teams introductions (like “who cares” or “who’s that”) and what to do during the first few free throws. Those same papers were then put on all the students seats on game day to be used during that time. Whatever happened to that? Oh wait, what’s a newspaper when everyone’s reading blogs, twitter, etc.



  65. UKfanlivinginred
    11:40 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone should send mitch emails telling him how badly this is needed. If enough were sent, it would get his attention for sure.



  66. AJH
    11:42 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Rupp Arena is a dump! And even worse the atmosphere seems like it is stuck in the 80’s! Its awful! A change needs to be made. There is no doubt in my mind that the students should at very least surround atleast half the court



  67. Brian S
    12:13 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Create a 8-foot wide by 4-foot deep trench encircling the floor (except in front of benches and the score table) to be filled with students as standing room only. Allow for a few rows of students behind the benches and score table. Also, put Erruption Zones on BOTH ends of the floor. This would allow for a fantastic student presence ALL THE WAY AROUND THE COURT with minimal impact to boosters and significant financial contributors. Students in the trench would not interfere with sight lines from floor-level and higher seats.



  68. Matt In School?
    12:25 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, why are you in school? How many degrees do you need?



  69. Fan1
    2:49 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Until students are able to pony up $700 to $5,000 per seat, per season, on top of the face value cost of the ticket, it will never happen because that is what the season ticket holders are currently paying and UK Athletics is not going to give that up for a “better” student section. For reference, see:

    http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/kty/graphics/2010/kfund_rupp_seating.jpg



  70. CaliUKFan
    6:18 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Duke and its “Cameron Crackheads” are a bunch of pimple-faced, glorified cheer leaders with cheer cards. They also wave their arms to opposition in shady ways during out-of-bounds plays — to ESPN that means “intimidating”



  71. uk1
    7:30 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    our student section is very passionate, but yet it is not loud because of the low percentage of people that can fit in their. i mean since we r adding about 800 new seats, y cant we give these to the students



  72. musiccitycat
    11:43 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I beg KSR to please start an Occupy Rupp movement. The Occupy Kroger movement was a true testament to what the Big Blue Nation can accomplish on this blog.
    I would love to see a student section that surrounds the court. I imagine it to be standing room only, like a BIG BLUE mosh pit. KSR, please help us. If there was ever a time to get the student section to surround the court this is the time. KSR, please do everything you can to get fans and former players to send their support on this movement. I’m a 2000 graduate and I’m so sick of watching the silence that is Rupp when it could be so much more. We have all imagined it. We have all wished for it in our wildest dreams. Now is our chance. KSR, please help get this movement going.