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Lexington digs out area around Rupp before Saturday’s UK-Vanderbilt basketball game

Crews work to clear snow around Rupp Arena

Road crews have worked throughout the last couple days to clear the snow from streets, sidewalks and parking areas around Rupp Arena in advance of Saturday's UK basketball game.
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Road crews have worked throughout the last couple days to clear the snow from streets, sidewalks and parking areas around Rupp Arena in advance of Saturday's UK basketball game.

It seems even a historic storm can’t stand in the way of a University of Kentucky Basketball game.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Vanderbilt Commodores will face off in Lexington at 4 p.m. Saturday, less than a day after a winter storm dumped snow on Central and Eastern Kentucky and placed it and Tennessee under a State of Emergency.

Players from Vanderbilt and the Kentucky basketball team both made it to Lexington Thursday, ahead of Friday’s storm.

Rupp Arena road crews were seen throughout the last two days working to clear snow from roads and parking areas. Likewise, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted early Saturday that crews were hard at work clearing streets, crosswalks, sidewalks and parking areas for the basketball game.

Though roads may be slicker than normal, parking for the game may be a little easier.

The mayor’s office previously opened up four Parking Authority garages downtown for free parking until Sunday for the storm: the Helix on Main; the Transit Center on Vine; the Courthouse Garage on Barr Street; and Victorian Square Garage, off Short Street.

Doors at Rupp Arena will open at 2:30 p.m. ahead of the game. UK Athletics asked fans to arrive early and use discretion when deciding to attend the game.

Those who bought tickets but can’t make it to the game are being encouraged by the university to transfer tickets or resell them via UKathletics.com/TicketExchange.

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