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LOOK: A sneak peek at the cardboard fan cutouts inside Rupp Arena



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.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for LOOK: A sneak peek at the cardboard fan cutouts inside Rupp Arena

  1. Section233
    10:42 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Looks ridiculous but hey there will be more cutouts then fans. Already see resale tickets on Ticketmaster fir stupid prices. If your a season ticket holder and didn’t want to go then why not pass up your tickets this year instead of hiking up the resale price. Would love to see actual fans in the stands even if it’s 15%. With resale already, not sure well see 15% actually at the game.

  2. bosch8184
    11:00 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Are there going to be cutouts of decent home opponents?

    Hopefully in Matt’s honor someone purchased cutouts of all of Mitch’s vanquished opponents.

  3. IrishCat
    11:35 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink


  4. UKgrad80
    12:19 am November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Those are not cardboard cut outs they are just square pics. Damn they can’t do anything right at UK!

  5. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    9:00 am November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Will they be piping in noise as well?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:26 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      I would imagine so since they did with football.