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UK releases details on seating changes for renovated Rupp Arena

The renovations to Rupp Arena are now underway, and with club areas and additional chairback seating in the works, UK just released new details on the seat selection process for upper-level season ticket holders.

Chairback seating will replace the bleachers in upper-level sideline sections 211-217 and 228-234, reducing Rupp’s capacity to approximately 20,500. As a result, if your seats are in the upper level, you will participate in a new seat selection process for the 2019-20 season, regardless whether or not your seats are along the sidelines. Lower-level season ticket locations will not be affected, and therefore those season ticket holders will not participate in the new seat selection process.

The seat selection process for the 2019-20 season will begin in late spring of 2019. To assist fans with the seat selection process, UK will launch a Rupp Arena Virtual Venue in February 2019, giving fans 360-degree views inside the renderings of the finished product. The order in which fans will select seats will be determined based on K Fund priority point ranking as of Jan. 31, 2019. Season ticket holders will also receive bonus K Fund points based on years of consecutive purchase of men’s basketball season tickets as a reward for their loyalty.

UK also released this rendering of the renovated Rupp, showing the new chairback seating, club areas, entrances, and a much-needed facelift for the facade.

Construction on the club areas has begun, while the upper-level chair-back project will begin at the end of the 2018-19 season. For more information on the Rupp renovation and seat selection process, visit


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8 Comments for UK releases details on seating changes for renovated Rupp Arena

  1. nicky
    3:32 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

    Seats need to be wider so you’re not shoulder to shoulder with the next guy….Hate to say it but YUM seating WAY better

  2. mgwolfe
    4:08 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

    Students need to be on the sidelines period. The old crusties don’t get that would make for a better hostile environment for the opposition.

    • Han
      4:47 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe if students showed up for the game UK would consider it. Student section was far from full last night.

    • livebbn
      5:34 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

      The thing that is not being said to all of us, is that Rupp is loosing 4,000 seats due to backs in upper area. After remodel, the gym is only going to seat 19,000.

      Couple of thoughts…

      1. Why are we paying $250 million dollars to loose 4,000 seats? I would have rather had a new arena like the chicken bucket (19,000 seats) and be closer to the floor.

      2. None of the administration has said a word about student attendance that I know of. It appears they have let the students not show up to take their seats and not have season ticket holder complaints.

      3. The gym is huge. Reducing its population to 19,000 will make it one quietest gyms in the world.

      Glad to see improvements but seems a new arena would have been a better idea.

  3. CayutsBy90
    7:03 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

    You know it’s overpriced when one of the key features is “new front door”

  4. Larkin123
    9:23 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink


  5. Jiminy Crickets
    10:10 pm November 15, 2018 Permalink

    So the arena isn’t changing, except being made smaller for chair backs on the side lines. So were basically spending $250 million for glass exterior and bigger concession stands. A smaller arena capacity, with $250 million in renovation over head means tickets, and kfund donations, will skyrocket.

  6. CoachCat
    8:55 am November 16, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly. The University won’t lose 4000 tickets without raising ticket prices.