Attendance at Rupp Arena for Kentucky’s first three home games has been…underwhelming, to say the least. The turnout has been so bad that John Calipari sent a video to season-ticket holders this morning urging them to show up, which Oscar Combs was kind enough to share on Twitter.
“Alright guys, here we go again. Typical year. Young team. Probably a few more injuries than we’ve had at this point, but we need that sixth man as we’re going through this.
“All these teams we’re playing are good enough to beat us. We’re good enough to beat them. We still have a young team. Numbers are down. Fans become big in this. Get to those games, put those fannies in the seats and please be a part of this. Build these kids up as we try to figure all this stuff out together. Let’s go, BBN.”
Combs also shined a light on just how bad attendance has been. Although UK’s reported attendance for the Evansville and Utah Valley games was 19,101 and 18,859, respectively, Combs says the turnstile count was closer to 12,000. Yikes.
That was Utah Valley, not Utah in the last home game at Rupp. Two years ago at Rupp Arena, Utah Valley attracted a turnstile count of 15,554. The listed attendance in the official box score for that game was 19,807.
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) November 22, 2019
We’ve been over the attendance debate ad nauseam, and I totally understand fans electing not to come given the low level of competition and the team’s struggles so far; however, it does make me sad that it’s gotten so bad that Calipari had to send out a plea to fans to show up.
Hopefully season-ticket holders will heed Calipari’s call and the rest of the BBN will take advantage of deals like $15 eRupption Zone tickets for the Lamar and UAB games and cheap tickets on secondary markets. On Stubhub, you can get upper level seats for tonight for only $14. Imagine that ten years ago…