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Rupp Arena

Address: 432 West Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507
Phone Number: 859-233-4567
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Ranked #14 of 49 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: Sports and entertainment center seats 23,600 spectators and serves as home to the University of...
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Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: Sports and entertainment center seats 23,600 spectators and serves as home to the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team.

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Elizabethtown, KY
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I recently took my wife to watch University of Kentucky (UK) play and paid a little extra to get lower level seats. My wife and I made a big day out of it. We first went out to eat, checked out all the sites in the Lexington Center, watched warm up, the band pep rally, etc.... We both like watching... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Sometimes traffic, people and lines can be bothersome, but it is well worth it attending a UK basketball game in Rupp Arena. There is nothing like being in that atmosphere.

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Lexington, KY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

IF you can get tickets, a Rupp Arena Basketball game is a bucket list item. Your best chance is when the students are on break or an early season game. It's a very intimate setting with 24,000 of your closest friends.

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Fort Wayne, IN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

First of Garth Brooks show was fantastic!! Rupp Arena is quite a place to see, especially if you are a UK fan...(which I'm not) but the staff there were exceptional. We stumbled upon a exhibition show of reptiles while waiting for the Garth show. In another exhibition hall was live music (pre concert) that had numerous places to sit or... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Less is more. Kentucky Basketball started in Alumni Gyn and then moved to Memorial . I went to games at Memorial. As an Architect I am very critical of the Rupp Area. The failings are too numerous to mention but putting a high value tradition in a mall is commercialism at its worst. Ky is the worst academic school in... More 

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Seymour, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The sound for the concert was nice, the seating was nice. However having to get 25000 people up basically 2 sets of escalators was time consuming. I think the arena should have arranged plenty of taxis after the concert. There were none.

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Huntington, West Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Visited Rupp Arena for the first time November 1, 2014 for the Garth Brooks concert. I couldn't believe how huge the complex was, and there were several little shops. The concessions were not nearly as expensive as I expected ($5 for a large soda and $7 for a personal pizza). I was so worried about getting good seats, but honestly,... More 

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Sidney
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Came for Garth Brooks concert! The concert itself was amazing! Getting into the arena before the concert was a logistical nightmare. There are seemingly only 2 entrances for 24,000 people. Whomever designed that should be made to stand around and wait like we all did. The concert started one hour late because they could not get ticket holders in on... More 

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Lexington
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234 reviews 234 reviews
51 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Rupp Arena just hosted 4 shows by Garth Brooks (2 on Friday night, and 2 on Saturday night), then UK had a basketball game Sunday night. 90,000 people downtown last weekend and all went smoothly, including traffic control, so come to Rupp and have fun!

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Lebanon, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

There were 2 shows on Friday night and 2 on Saturday. I went to Saturday's show and stood in a mob with people pushing me for a hour for the doors to open to the arena. The show was suppose to start at 10.30 the doors didn't open until then, there were no announcement that there was a delay. Will... More 

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