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Calipari: “It’s like a new arena”

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Like everyone else who was in Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness, the Blue-White game or Sunday’s exhibition, John Calipari loves the new upgrades. The new additions truly do create a brand new game-watching experience for fans in attendance, and Cal gave the remodel some love during his postgame comments:

I walk in this building and we’re playing an exhibition game, and I look in the upper deck and I’m like, these people are crazy. And only behind us, where there was some students, which we should sell the tickets, forget it, students you got to get here. But that was it. That was the only part of the building that had any emptiness. And for those kids to walk in and see it, I would hope they would say, this is what I live for, doing this in front of this many people. And sometimes we take it for granted here that — and let me say this to the Rupp Arena people and the group that — the scoreboard, the ribbon board, I mean, it’s like a new arena. Sounds different. Looks different. The videos. It’s like we’re — it just presents the game even better. It really does.

Was that a challenge to the students? Get in there students. Everything else is perfect.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

2 Comments for Calipari: “It’s like a new arena”



  1. Kernel Sanders
    10:33 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

    I agree…the new video board is awesome. The sound is much better. The blue light over the court just before the player intros is cool. Overall it does seem like a new arena.

    But please get rid of Ravi Moss and the arm candy chick who seemed to have never met and had no clue what they were doing. Ugh it was painful to listen to them blather on during every timeout.



  2. R
    10:40 pm October 30, 2016 Permalink

    As a UK student, those upper level tickets should just be sold as general admission. Too many students view games as parties, not sporting events. Many become uninterested by the first timeout and it creates a bad atmosphere throughout the arena/stadium. For the Mississippi State football game, student attendance was relatively good to start the game. Unfortunately, by half time, the majority of those students had left. This reflects poorly on all UK students and also reveals the need for a major culture change within the student body.

    The affordability of student tickets is generally seen as a positive action taken by the university to ensure all students will be able to attend games. However, these low prices promote the carefree attitude many students have towards our athletic program. I believe the only way to improve our student section is to lower the number of seats and increase student ticket prices. Naturally, the reaction to this would be overwhelmingly negative amongst students, but I feel it is necessary to provide UK with the student sections it deserves. Ideally, only students truly interested in UK football/basketball would attend games. When I watch college sports on TV, I feel like almost every student section is more impressive than UK’s. As a program that prides itself on having a passionate fanbase, this is not acceptable. The student section is meant to provide energy to games and I think our student section does the opposite. Looking up and seeing a largely empty student section must be humiliating for our football players who have fought hard for three home SEC victories. I would much rather see true Kentucky fans at these games.

    Lastly, I appreciate the effort KSR goes through to try to get our students to the games. Sadly, almost every student being called out wouldn’t be able to differentiate Mark Krebs from Tony Delk. So while I admire your attempts, I think they are in vain.