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Eleven Takeaways from Cal’s Rupp Arena Locker Room Tour

Over the weekend, Cal released a video tour of the new Rupp Arena locker room–I’m sorry, suite–on his website. In case you missed it, here are eleven takeaways (it’s too good for just ten):

1. The hallway leading to the “suite” is plastered with pictures of the Calipari Era, with this particularly awesome shot of Eloy.

2. The entrance to the suite includes the first of many pieces of the Final Four floor from New Orleans. This piece is the free throw line where Doron Lamb hit the final free throws to clinch the National Championship.

Is there anything Joe Craft doesn’t have his name on anymore?

3. The centerpiece of the entrance is the National Championship trophy. At this point, how many copies of the trophy are there? I count:

1) One in the Wildcat Coal Lodge case
2) One in the Joe Craft Center
3) One in Cal’s bedroom (come on, you know it’s there)

4. Oh, hello people just casually chilling in the new lounge. This will be the area the football team and other teams can bring recruits in before the game to hang out and socialize.

5. The kitchen/dining area includes a mural of the scene in New Orleans when the buzzer sounded and parts of the court. The area, which can also be used by other sports teams before the game, has a men’s and women’s bathroom. Thanks, Cal!

6. In the team’s meeting and film room, Cal has a whiteboard that takes up the entire wall. Seriously, the entire wall. That may be impressive, but they need to find a better place to store the markers.

Cal says this is the only area he’ll talk to the team in before, during and after the game. The locker room is the players’ space.

7. Bam. The banner is a nice touch.

8. Because Cal doesn’t like clutter, there are lots of cabinets to keep things out of sight. What’s inside one of those cabinets? Plush robes. What is this, the Ritz? The players must think so:

9. In the shower area, there are individual shower stalls (7′, natch). Why? Players don’t like to shower together anymore. Does this mean they’re missing out on some towel-snapping rituals?

Also in the spa shower area: a hot tub (for pregame) and cold tub (for postgame). Notice the UK emblem in the tile? Now that’s detail.

10. Even the assistant coaches have a locker room area. The toilet seat, of course, is up. Will boys never learn?

11. The funniest part of the tour? Cal’s “prop office.” (I see you, Stadium Frame Final Four print!) This space, a mini replica of Cal’s actual office (right down to the balls on the wall), is used only when Cal has recruits visiting. Otherwise he never comes in there. Proof? Check out the empty desk drawers.

Mmm, Diet Coke.

So, when can I move in?

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.

36 Comments for Eleven Takeaways from Cal’s Rupp Arena Locker Room Tour



  1. paducahcat
    1:07 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    So do they redecorate when they win another one?



  2. paducahcat
    1:08 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Or does anyone remember any of the other title teams?



  3. kramer
    1:14 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sweet!! Merry Christmas Ms.TT!! and everyone in #BBN



  4. Dave Hester
    1:15 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    OMG the assistant coaches have a locker room? that is soooo cool. It’s 2012 and we are the first school to have a locker room for assitant coaches. Give me a break. You guys act like we are so up on everyone. I think the locker room sucks. Why only focus on one year of the program? How about showing the people who made Kentucky what it is today.



  5. Dave Hester
    1:16 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh individual showers? Never seen that before.



  6. Dave Hester
    1:16 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    A wall where you can write on? Newsflash those have been around for 10 years now.



  7. Dave Hester
    1:17 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh wow, a place to sit and eat food. That is really going to wow the recruits.



  8. Dave Hester
    1:18 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Great picture of Eloy! He was the glue to the team and really sparked us to a National Championship!



  9. Deep blue
    1:26 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Dave Hester, I see you there at your computer, hatin’ your life, posting 6 times in a row about things you don’t like about a locker room, on Xmas eve. Joy to the world lil buddy….joy to the world.



  10. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:28 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Dave Hessler, don’t you have another site that you can troll? If you have such a problem with the article, don’t read it!



  11. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:28 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Amen Deep blue



  12. question
    1:31 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the locker room in rupp? or the locker room in the joe craft center?



  13. Ouch
    1:33 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    I missed the pics of Rupp, (remember him ) and Joe B, and Benedict Rick. Oh yeah lets not forget Tubby.



  14. Ouch
    1:36 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    I hears billy G’s face is inside the toilet so the players can SH$T on him for a change!!



  15. Kris Krumple
    1:46 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Players don’t like to shower together anymore

    Really just a recent phenomenon. It’s being called the “Sandusky Syndrome”



  16. Knows better
    2:07 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    This is at Rupp. You pay for it, you can put your name on it!!!



  17. Dave Hester
    2:12 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, I have a small penis? That’ll really make the ladies love me!



  18. i'mma call like Doron sees UT
    2:14 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    4 us cuffinhg, trollin other team’s sites to forget about butler



  19. i'mma call like Doron sees it
    2:18 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Baby grammar Jesus, doron sees it*, 4 is cuffing. #teamnosleept #dongeek #bbn #weareuk #kenyucky effect one time



  20. bluristhurr
    2:19 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Ohh the toilet seat rule. I never did understand it having to be always down. That to me leaves up and possibility of me peeing on the seat. If I was a female I’d rather keep it up all the time knowing that pee wasn’t just wiped off of it by you’re drunk cousin and you sit on the seat seconds later ewwwwww.



  21. bluristhurr
    2:22 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how many will get my reasoning



  22. Cats in the NBA
    2:31 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Why do young kids need to see photos of Rupp or Pitino? Or Dan Issel? Who cares?

    Everyone who believes in that “name across the front of the chest” mantra will be in for a sobering awakening once Cal leaves. It will be back to the days of Tubby.



  23. Lakesidecatsfan
    2:39 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    The whole renovation is very classy looking! When they win the next one that floor, if bought and donated, would most likely replace the locker room floor and the New Orleans one could replace the freethrow line at the entrance, or be used in the locker room at Joe Craft Center. There is also a huge room for past players/alumni, that isn’t shown here. To me that’s where you decorate to remember the past all the way back to the begenning. Wonder what King Rex thought of it Saturday? They aren’t finished with it yet, as call said, so I believe they will cover all the basis. I would like to see the officials locker room that he also spoke of, just to see how nice those guys have it when they are working a game.
    Merry Christmas Tyler, and thank you for working today, so we have something to read!



  24. bung
    3:07 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe…include a pic of Rupp, Wah Wah, Cliff, and Frank, and Dan and Goose and all the banners years….plus maybe an orientation into the past greats and greatness of the program would help new guys get fired up a little more…



  25. 2020
    3:16 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe this is why they are playing so soft… being spolied like the championship team that they aren’t.



  26. Matt Jones
    3:37 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    #24 they dont know who any of those people are.

    the history of UK is celebrated all over the Craft center…the locker room is about the game and recruiting



  27. UKBlue
    3:38 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    UL fans need to start holding bake sales, car washers, have people at red lights collecting change, and constantly holding fundraisers to pay off the Yum Center debt instead of trolling KSR.

    They need to have more pics of past UK people on the walls of the suite like Rex, Issel, Riley, Bowie, Walker, etc. I know these kids don’t know who the f these old players are, and that’s a problem.

    If Joe Craft or whoever is willing to donate millions of dollars, they can name it whatever they want.



  28. bigbluejon
    4:28 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    I, for one, think this is an awesome renovation. Very impressed!



  29. blue reality
    4:46 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Does Cal realize Kentucky existed before him????

    That renovation is a slap in the face of every team that preceded him.



  30. Blue Love
    5:29 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post, Ms. Thompson.



  31. LOL
    5:30 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like a lot of people are just mad that Louisville doesn’t have a suite like this… But they also don’t have a championship that has been won in the last 20+ years… LOL



  32. Kyreds
    6:18 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Please get rid of that green in the Big Blue Lane! It makes me sick!!!



  33. Christmas "Eve Plumb"er
    7:00 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Rumour has it (Adele shout out): The Toto low flow 1.6 gpf Locker Room toilets have a custom refuse disposal motor in the head with a built-in mechanical hydraulic plunger.

    I think we had one in the Brady house Mike designed. He was always into plungers.



  34. DaveUK
    8:17 pm December 24, 2012 Permalink

    This is kind of like sharing a pizza with someone and they complain about the toppings.

    I am sure Cal realizes there were teams and coaches here before he arrived, since he pays respect and tribute to them all the time. If you tour Craft Center and the Wildcat Coal Lodge, you will see plenty of graphics, trophies, and banners that respect our past. The Game Day experience at Rupp is targeted at current and future players i.e. recruits.

    Think back to when you were 17-years-old? Did you really care about learning about players that played during your grandfather’s time, or were your basketball heroes active NBA (or ABA) players? That comes with age and maturity, but isn’t appropriate for a recruiting visit.



  35. CAUKFAN
    4:15 am December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they keep the sharpies far away from that white board.



  36. WOW
    8:49 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    That. Was. Amazing!!!