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This is a Pepsi-First Program beginning Jan 2


Pepsi’s what you want, what you really, really want

Ally mentioned this over the weekend but now we have an official date: Rupp Arena is switching to Pepsi products on January 2.  After sipping on Coca-Cola for 37 years, Kentucky will fans will have to acquire a taste for Pepsi beginning the Eastern Michigan game next Wednesday.

No more sleeping in Rupp Arena!  Grab a Mountain Dew!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

36 Comments for This is a Pepsi-First Program beginning Jan 2



  1. theWilkman
    11:13 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi is the dark sludge that leaks from garbage left too long in the sun.



  2. Mike jones
    11:14 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I hate Pepsi. Pepsi and Louisville are in the same boat. I guess now they will call Rupp the Pepsi Yum arena East?



  3. WTF
    11:17 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Damn you Mitch Barhart this has to be your fault



  4. BBN
    11:19 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    So long as the Ale-8 stays im good….. BEAT LOSERVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!



  5. MYOLDKENTUCKYHOME
    11:21 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome…UK is the best and deserves the best…Pepsi>Coke any day



  6. Coke is better
    11:24 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    That makes me unhappy.



  7. Coke Rules
    11:27 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi sucks



  8. JCPostel
    11:28 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Sucks. Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi, which donated $2.5 million to help defeat Prop 37 – California Right to Know’s ballot initiative to label genetically modified food… Cheers, folks.



  9. asdf
    11:30 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    “Coke. Pepsi. What’s the difference? It all takes like malted battery acid anyway.” – Opus, from a vintage Bloom County comic strip.



  10. UKBlue
    11:33 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi gives better rebates/get backs than Coke, hence the reason Rupp switched. An account as big as Rupp, it’s a lot of money. UK & Barnhart have nothing to do with this switch.



  11. UK Freshmen
    11:51 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing that lady can drink will keep her up to watch those horrible teams UK scheduled this year. Nice job, Cal



  12. just saying
    11:52 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    PEPSI will be the primary donor in the Rupp renovation, hence the change. Cant ge announced yet, but it will. Dont bite the hand that feeds you UK fans



  13. Class
    11:55 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Never underestimate the fact that UK fans can find a reason to complain about something! I love my Cats, but we sure are a whiny bunch. #BBN



  14. Still the Same
    11:56 am December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #11-You remain the worst poster on this site. Too bad there is no special award for poor writing-you would be a Winner. But there isn’t. Which means you’re a Loser.



  15. Blue Blood
    12:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Oh Great! Now all the hillbillies from Eastern Kentucky can come to Rupp and get their favorite beverage. Hopefully they go right back to the hollers when they are done.



  16. Jack Nicklaus
    12:28 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    As long as they have Upper 10….its ok by me.



  17. UKGrad83
    12:31 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi sucks – point, blank, period. Not enough kola flavoring and too much sugar.



  18. BIG BLUE SLUSHIE
    12:50 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    17)ukgrad83- have you tried that Throwback Pepsi yet? stuff is legit. i was raised in a pepsi household but went to coke for better part of last 20 years. i just tried that throwback pepsi recently…its 100x better than regular pepsi and a decent amount better than coke. Worth a try…



  19. Ryan Harrow's Flu Bug
    1:01 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    @15………. WTF?



  20. Pepsi 4 My Borboun?
    1:06 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think not!



  21. Pepsi 4 My Bourbon?
    1:07 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nooooo!



  22. wakecat
    1:11 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #15 Not knocking on folks from Eastern Kentucky, but I have noticed Pepsi is it for that side of the State. Don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but the folks I know from Eastern Kentucky all prefer the choice of a new generation.



  23. Wildcats One
    1:18 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #15. It is all those coal mining hillbillies from Eastern Kentcuky that helped make Kentucky Basketball so great. They have also donated MILLIONS of dollars to support Kentucky Athletics. They are also some of the greatest fans in the world. They are as important to the Big Blue Nation as anyone else.



  24. Fur eel
    1:27 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter to me because I bring my own drinks to rupp. I wasn’t alive when uk played in memorial, but was that a coke Arena?



  25. BBN4Life
    1:50 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi is nothing but [email protected] water.



  26. yep
    1:50 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Just another reason to stay at home and watch the game, or when in Lexington, go to Buffalo Wild Wings



  27. BCO
    2:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi makes one good product…Sierra Mist. That’s it. Regular Pepsi is the worst soft drink on the
    market.



  28. M'boro Cat
    2:15 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    @ 15 – shut the f*** up. I’m originally from that area but coke any day.



  29. like cokebutt
    2:30 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    5,2,4,1 3



  30. Hoosiercatsfan
    2:56 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mt. Dew is better than anything coke has to offer , coke included ! In the Midwest , dew is the drink of choice . Just go to any convenient store and ask what the top seller is ? Dew by a large margin . Finally we have a choice !! Thanks rupp !



  31. Pee-psi
    3:47 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe you should just sit down and watch the game and not get up and block everyone’s view and trip over us and step on our feet because you need a pizza and a drink then you need to go pee then you need icecream and then you need to go pee again then you need something else to drink and so does your know-it-all friend beside you, then you both spend the majority of the game irritating the 5h! t out of the other people sitting around you.



  32. UKGrad83
    3:47 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    @18 – BIG BLUE SLUSHIE – No I haven’t. Honestly hadn’t even heard of it until now. Will check it out though.



  33. Ryne
    4:25 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    She wouldn’t fall asleep in the upper level…



  34. Jason
    4:47 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pepsi sucks. Kansans drink Pepsi.



  35. JackIsOld
    7:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #16–Jack Nicklaus,,,,,,,,you have got to be as old as me,,,,,Upper10!!!!!! Dang,,,,,,hadn’t even thought of that for prolly 40 years,,,ha.



  36. JackIsOld
    7:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    And,,,,,,,,Spice Girls were really HOT in this pic.