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The battle of the locker rooms: Kentucky basketball vs. Alabama football


Earlier today, pictures of Alabama football’s new locker room leaked out, causing recruits and fanboys across the web to drool on their keyboards. While still a work in progress, it’s clear that new locker room, part of $9 million in renovations, is all that and several national championships. When looking at the pictures, it was hard for not to compare it to UK’s new locker room at Rupp Arena, which was finished last winter. Therefore, it was hard for me no to write a post about it. I compared the two in five categories: lighting, graphics, mural wall, lockers, and floor. I’ve got a “G” and I’m sitting on an “O”…


The UK men's baketball locker room in Rupp Arena. January 8, 2013 Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics3
Left photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

To be fair, Alabama’s locker room is not finished. But, from the looks of it, it has a similar circular area as UK’s, although it will probably be used for a different function, considering that you could probably only fit Alabama’s D-Line and O-Line inside of it. Maybe. Each area contains an homage to its program’s championship-laden, and the red glow around Bama’s gives me some serious Miami nightclub feelings, but since it is one of their colors, you can’t really fault them for that. UK’s blue rim around the edge of the ceiling and uplights around the banner inset give the locker room a cool, spacey hue complimented by the individual locker detail lights. The “A” cutout in the ceiling is neat, but UK’s blue trumps the flamingo pink in my book.

Advantage: Kentucky



The UK men's baketball locker room in Rupp Arena. January 8, 2013 Photo by Chet White | UK AthleticsThe UK men's baketball locker room in Rupp Arena. January 8, 2013 Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

This one was tough for me. UK’s got a lot of graphics in its locker room areas, including murals of former players, accomplishments, and a giant mural of the 2012 championship moment in the kitchen area (more on that later). Alabama’s graphics are a little more abstract, featuring renderings of the 2011 and 2012 national championship rings etched on the walls. I give them props for thinking outside of the box when it comes to honoring their storied history, but honestly, if you’re going that route, I expect a little more houndstooth. In terms of art, they get the nod over Kentucky’s photo collages, but there’s no better way to showcase success than having every current NBA player’s picture on the wall, along with a row of metallic national championship medallions.

Advantage: Draw



I love the giant graphic of the championship-winning moment and all its glory, but it can’t compare to Alabama’s striking mural of the players coming on to the field. The photo is shot from the players’ perspective and really puts you in the moment. Even better, the picture is actually a composite of past Alabama legends running onto the field, including Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, Chris Samuels, Barrett Jones, and Greg McElroy. A similar mural will be unveiled later featuring Alabama’s NBA alums, similar to the one Kentucky has near the front of the Joe Craft Suite.

Advantage: Alabama



Gotta go with UK here. Understandably, Alabama had to purchase many more lockers for their players, but that metal finish is just begging to be dented, smeared with fingerprints, or possibly punched in anger. It also doesn’t look very comfortable to sit in, and I’m only 5’3″. I could easily see players smacking the backs of their heads against the metal when leaning back. That’s not likely to happen in UK’s locker room, which features a little less storage. Still: wood > cheap metal.

Advantage: Kentucky



The “A” is nice, but you can’t beat an actual piece of your program’s history. Go Cats.

Advantage: Kentucky

Not so final verdict: As you can tell, so far, Kentucky’s locker room at Rupp Arena is still superior; however, we haven’t seen pictures of the alleged waterfall that is being installed in Alabama’s locker room this summer, so perhaps a comprehensive comparison will come once it’s completed. Water features do change everything. Either way, I hope Mark Stoops and company are taking notes for the future Commonwealth Stadium remodel.

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.

19 Comments for The battle of the locker rooms: Kentucky basketball vs. Alabama football

  1. Catfan in Bama
    8:12 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is the lockerroom at the practice facility not Bryant Denny Stadium

  2. Cotton Nash
    8:25 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Where’s Drew?

  3. T.T. Rox my sox
    8:37 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Shut up fools…..t.t. is awesome.

  4. Buckets
    8:38 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    The actual Final Four flooring trumps all. Cool post. Thanks, Mrs. TT

  5. Stone Cold
    8:44 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Both Coaches buy players. This much is obvious. And that’s the bottom line.

  6. Misty
    9:02 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink


  7. Truth
    9:02 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Gawd I hate these comparisons. It’s too different sports.

  8. Truth
    9:02 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    or TWO different if you’re keeping score.

  9. Truth
    9:04 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and BUCK Fama!

  10. Derp
    9:05 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    5… Damn son, you are dumb as hell. You think your accusations would hold up in court?… Not a chane in hell. Do you have even one fact that proves that? The answer to all this is no. There is no evidence because there is no guilt. You die… You go to hell and you die

  11. Truth
    9:08 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    #10–I like the cut of your jib.

  12. buck fama
    9:18 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Bama’s looks like the entrance to a brothel

  13. Greg
    9:18 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Who is Misty and what is RTR. Bamako is in big trouble October 12th at Commonwealth.

  14. Misty
    9:26 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Err body knows what RTR stands for… Bama is looking forward to a win Oct 12th!!! Greg must have a headache or just crazy!!!

  15. Nerlens is my hero
    9:32 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    You can’t compair football to basketball. Just the numbers makes it impossible your talking 80 or 90 kids to 15 or 16 counting walkons! The only thing for sure is both programs treat their kids top notch. Both programs have the best coaches at promoting their schools in the business. Both are the gold standard in their respective sports on the country. UK is the only school that loses in the NIT first round and is the favorite to win the title the following year!

  16. FakeArtieLange
    9:40 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Could have been both! #foresight!

  17. Kurgan the Interrogator
    10:17 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Having this comparison done by such a UK homer is ridiculous. Up next, Tony Vinetti gives us the lowdown on which arena is better – KFC or Rupp. It’s like in the old Memphis wrestling promotion, the USWA, when Jerry Lawler would wrestle someone twice his size and ripped and just go to town on them. He beat the crap out of Steve Austin, the Rock, the Big Show, and even me. Shocking how the promotion’s owners always eemed to get those belts backin the day. Good Lord people were such marks to buy that crap.

  18. Basteballer
    1:25 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Love ya, MTT, but that mural at Bama pales in comparison when it comes to “putting you in the moment.” That one shocked me.

  19. comparateur mutuelle
    3:50 am July 3, 2013 Permalink

    thanks for sharing this nice blog