Rupp Arena is only going to hold 15 percent capacity this season, but it’s going to appear much more full from the view of a television screen.
The cardboard fan cutouts made available for purchase by the University of Kentucky are already being seated in their rightful spots amongst the rows of chairback seats in the historic basketball arena. On Tuesday night, Kentucky head coach John Calipari teased through social media what the atmosphere will look like come game time, giving us a sneak peek at the various pictures of fans littering the crowd as opposed to a physical person clapping and cheering along.
Cal said he literally wants to fill Rupp with these cutouts. And yes, it looks as weird as you might have expected.
Like I’ve said before, you fans are crazy. When our guys walked in @Rupp_Arena today and saw these, they got a taste of it.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 25, 2020
At first glance, I honestly didn’t even see the players sitting next to the cutouts, so maybe the cardboard pictures will give the illusion that the 20,000-plus seat arena is fuller than it actually is. Kentucky’s home opener for the 2020-21 season is Wednesday afternoon against Morehead State at 6 p.m. If you want to see for yourself what the Rupp Arena crowd looks like tomorrow, you can tune in to the SEC Network and check it out.