Last week, Kentucky announced it will play Michigan in London, England next December as part of a three-year series with the Wolverines. KSR has learned that the game will take place Saturday, December 5, 2020 and Kentucky is being paid $500,000 to play in it.
As previously announced, the game will take place at the famous O2 Arena, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although the arena has hosted some NBA games, this will be the first college basketball game at the venue. Game time, television partner, ticket pricing, ancillary events, and ticket sales will be announced in January 2020. Travel packages will also be announced at a later date.
After next season, the series will become a home-and-home, games taking place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 4, 2021 and in Rupp Arena on December 3, 2022.
“This series with Michigan checks off a lot of boxes when we’re looking at teams to schedule,” John Calipari said in a release from UK. “The first thing is, to add an opponent like Michigan and to do so at a point in the schedule where we’re beginning to find out who we are as a team will be important in our development.
“And then to be able to do something different – to be first, which our fans know we love to do – and play this first game is London will be an unforgettable experience for our players and for our fans. I imagine the home-and-home games the following seasons will be as good as any nonconference games in the country.”
Let the planning (and saving) begin.