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Important game day changes coming to Rupp Arena

Are you planning on going to a game at Rupp Arena this year? With construction now underway on the new club areas for the 2019-20 season, there have been several game day changes, so take note.


The Manchester Street lot is now a construction zone and parking is mostly unavailable. As a result, spaces in the High Street lot and the Langley Garage will now be utilized for game-day operations.

UK Athletics has worked with Rupp Arena and Lexington parking officials to maximize parking areas for game days. The Transit Center Parking Garage (150 E. Vine St.), the Helix Parking Garage (15-160 W. Main St.) and Courthouse Garage (105 Barr St.) have been made available for the 2018-19 season in addition to the Victorian Square Parking Garage (350 W. Short St.) from prior seasons. Other Lexington parking garages will be an option for fans.


Student and media entrances have been relocated to the High Street entrance, so fans are encouraged to consider entering on the north side of Rupp Arena, facing the Lexington Center Shops and Triangle Park. All of these changes will surely bring delays, so arrive early to make sure you’re in your seat in time for all the action.


Effective Oct. 1, Rupp Arena is a tobacco-free facility. Designated smoking areas outside of the arena no longer exist due to the ongoing construction. Patrons who wish to use tobacco products will be asked to do so off of the Rupp Arena grounds.


Walkthrough metal detectors and Rupp Arena’s bag policy will be in effect again this season. Bags must not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches x 12 inches. Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to backpacks or any bag larger than the permissible size. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. Express lanes for guests with no bags will be provided to assist in expediting the security process.

Doors will continue to open at Rupp Arena 90 minutes prior to tip-off.


  • All illegal substances
  • Artificial noisemakers and irritants
  • Backpacks
  • Banners
  • Beach balls
  • Cameras with detachable lenses
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Frisbees
  • Flasks
  • Glass and aluminum containers
  • Helium balloons
  • Laser pointers/pens
  • Mace
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs larger than 24 inches by 24 inches
  • Stadium seats in excess of 18 inches wide or stadium seats with hard plastic or metal parts
  • Video or audio recorders


  • Bags – one per person, not to exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches; all bags are subject to inspection
  • Camera lenses – maximum length six inches; no detachable lenses
  • Service animals – as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Personal chairbacks – maximum width 18 inches and cannot have any hard plastic or metal parts
  • Strollers – small collapsible style

All of these changes will be in effect for Big Blue Madness on Friday.


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.

4 Comments for Important game day changes coming to Rupp Arena

  1. Wolvezzz
    2:58 pm October 11, 2018 Permalink

    Smoking patrons not welcome at RUPP, sad 🙁

    Guess im stuck watching on television.

    • jaws2
      3:34 pm October 11, 2018 Permalink

      Welcome to America. You can sell it, but you can’t use it!
      If it were ‘legalized’ pot, you’d be fine. For ‘health’ reasons of course!

    • RondoTheDonThough
      3:58 pm October 11, 2018 Permalink

      I have season tickets and thank God Kansas is the only game I’m going to. I’ll light one up in the bathroom, IDGAF.

  2. kykid16
    6:28 pm October 11, 2018 Permalink

    UK took the high street parking lot for the big shots to park and left the rest of us looking for parking! I doubt the new park is utilized, I wouldn’t take my family down there after dark!