UK nearing sellout for Rupp Arena game

A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky’s game on Monday night against No. 8 at Baylor at Rupp Arena, UK officials report.

As of Thursday morning, there are 20,500 tickets out for the event, which will be a part of the ESPN Tipoff Classic marathon and will be shown live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

“What a great opportunity for our program to be showcased nationally with a sold-out Rupp Arena,” Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “There’s going to be a lot of eyeballs on Rupp Arena that night, and if we can sell out Rupp and create a great atmosphere, that’ll help our players, and a big win and a great night would help us a bunch.”

There are still $2 tickets available on Ticketmaster.com until Sunday night at 11:45 p.m. using the code “2BUCKS.”

The Cats, ranked No. 11 in the preseason polls, sold out Rupp Arena a season ago as a school-record with a school-record 23,706 there to see the game against No. 2 Duke.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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