UK Men's Basketball

UK men’s basketball season-ticket holders, students to pay more this season

Herald-Leader Staff Report

UK head coach John Calipari talks to his team during the first half of the UK-Florida game at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Feb. 25, 2017.
UK head coach John Calipari talks to his team during the first half of the UK-Florida game at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Feb. 25, 2017.

UK Athletics announced that season ticket renewals for the 2017-18 season are now available to 2016-17 season ticket holders, and that it will come with a $5 increase per game for all seating locations.

Season ticket holders will receive an email with instructions on how to renew tickets for the upcoming season. Renewals may be made online at Paper invoices will be mailed in early August. The renewal deadline is Friday, Sept. 1.

Students will have to pay more, too. That ticket price will increase by $5 per game, making the new cost $10.

UK said this is the first change to student ticket prices since the 1990s. Student distribution dates, along with public on-sale dates and prices for single game tickets, will be announced in the fall.

“We are excited for another memorable season with the Big Blue Nation in Rupp Arena and thank our fans for their incredible support,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said in the school’s news release. “Kentucky men’s basketball is one of the truly unique traditions in sports. While the demand for season tickets continues to outpace our inventory, we are committed to keeping prices in line with our peers in college basketball.”

UK said this price increase for season tickets is the first in two seasons. The annual K Fund donations for those tickets remain unchanged.

Four-month and five-month payment plans are available to season-ticket holders who renew online, allowing for more flexibility to spread out payments. Additionally, exclusive benefits are available to fans who complete the renewal process early. Season-ticket holders who renew by Aug. 4 will receive two complimentary tickets to a select 2017 Kentucky football home game and five bonus K Fund points. Those who renew by Aug. 18 will receive five bonus K Fund points.

Season ticket holders may also order tickets for the 2017 State Farm Champions Classic (Nov. 14), the 2017 CBS Sports Classic (Dec. 23), and the 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament (March 7-11). The priority deadline to order Champions Classic and CBS Sports Classic tickets is Sept. 1, while the priority deadline to order SEC Tournament tickets is Oct. 11.

Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets may register for the annual men’s basketball ticket lottery. After renewals are complete, a limited number of 200-level seats are available through the lottery system each year. Complete details can be found at K Fund seating in the lower level requires a capital pledge commitment. For more information on K Fund seating availability, call 859-257-6300.