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Want to go to a game at Rupp Arena or Kroger Field? Prepare for a new ticket tax.

Fans will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to cover the cost of game tickets beginning Sunday, when a new Kentucky sales tax takes effect.
Fans will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to cover the cost of game tickets beginning Sunday, when a new Kentucky sales tax takes effect. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Getting your dog Charlie vaccinated is going to cost more.

Radiator repairs on your Camry are going to go up, too.

Starting Sunday, the cost of many things are increasing thanks to the state’s new 6 percent sales tax.

Turns out, your game day isn’t safe, either.

The University of Kentucky sent out a news release Friday reminding that tickets to games also will be subject to the new sales tax. The University of Louisville sent out a similar announcement.

This legislation will affect the sale of tickets to UK Athletics events, a fact confirmed by extensive review with internal University of Kentucky legal counsel,” the UK release said.

The 6 percent tax levied on non-profits and other businesses will go into effect July 1 and it will include both season tickets and single-game tickets for UK games.

The athletics department is in the process of adjusting all ticket prices by adding the sales tax to reflect a price inclusive of the tax. The increase in ticket prices will go directly to the state, the release noted.

Single-game football tickets, inclusive of sales tax, go on sale July 3 at Ticketmaster.com.

The tax is not applied to tickets or packages purchased before Sunday, said Guy Ramsey, UK’s director of strategic communication.

Listed prices are in the process of being updated on UKathletics.com/tickets.

The sales tax expansion is expected to raise about $436 million over the next two years for Kentucky.

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