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New Rupp Arena Club Areas to Open in 2020-2021 Season

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The debut of new Rupp Arena club areas has been pushed back to the 2020-21 college basketball season, the University of Kentucky announced Friday. New clubs are part of an ongoing renovation to the venue.

New chair-back seating in upper-level sideline sections 211-217 and 228-234 is being installed right now and is on schedule. This new chair-back seating will be in place for Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 11, as well as UK’s subsequent exhibition and regular-season schedule.

The renovation will also bring new club areas to Rupp for the first time. UK Athletics was informed this week by the Lexington Center Corporation that the opening of these clubs has been postponed due to construction delays. Two new clubs originally set to open to season ticket holders for the 2019-20 season will now instead open for the 2020-21 season.

UK Athletics anticipates that game-day parking and arena entry will continue to be impacted during the 2019-20 season due to construction. As additional information becomes available, UK Athletics will share it with fans. The latest information can be found online at

Announced last May, these upgrades to Rupp’s interior are part of the $241 million construction of the new Lexington Convention Center that will overhaul the exterior of the facility. The installation of chair-back seating was undertaken in response to years of feedback from fans asking for more comfortable seating in the upper level.

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