Kentucky state senator reveals capacity of Rupp Arena for this season
There are still a lot of moving parts with how the college basketball season will unfold, but a Kentucky state senator has revealed how the Rupp Arena capacity will be this basketball season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Rupp Arena would be at 15 percent capacity for the season, according to a letter from University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.
“Pretty sad & unnecessary,” Thayer tweeted. “It can work with more fans but everyone is running scared from the fearmongering from Gov Andy Beshear and Fayette Health Dept.”
That would put the 23,500-seat arena at about 3,500 fans.
The Wildcats have not announced their schedule yet or how many home games they will have. The only game announced so far was Kentucky’s Big 12-SEC challenge game against Texas on January 30, 2021 at Rupp Arena.
Carl Hall, the Director of Management at Rupp Arena, says even with such a small number of people, social distancing is still very important, according to a report from LEX-18.
Hall says masks will also be worn the entire time people are in the building. There will only be one entrance, and you have to present your tickets digitally. No paper tickets will be allowed.
“Our focus is safety, safety for the patrons, safety for artists, everybody; and we just ask for cooperation from the fans because it may be somewhat discouraging and frustrating,” Hall said. “A little slower and all that to get in and be part of it, but the alternative is to to do one event or two events and then stop.”