Lexington starts $241 million overhaul of Rupp Arena, convention center
Pay attention if you’re planning to attend men’s basketball games in Rupp Arena this season — beginning with Big Blue Madness on Friday night.
Construction is underway on the new club areas that will open at the start of the 2019-20 season, and that means many fans will be parking in new places and entering Rupp Arena in new ways.
Two clubs available to season ticket holders will open for the 2019-20 season, with another to follow in 2020-21. Rupp Arena will also be installing chair-back seats in the upper arena, but that project will be completed next summer and will not affect seating this season.
The addition of the clubs along the back of Rupp Arena will eliminate a majority of the parking in the Manchester Street lot. Many of the Manchester spots used for game-day operations will be moved to the High Street and Langley garages, resulting in fewer available parking spots in those locations.
UK Athletics has provided maps on its website suggesting alternative game-day parking options for fans.
Fans may also visit UKathletics.com/GameDay to view all the latest changes.
The Transit Center Parking Garage (150 E. Vine St.), the Helix Parking Garage (15-160 W. Main St.) and Courthouse Garage (105 Barr St.) have been made available for the 2018-19 season in addition to the Victorian Square Parking Garage (350 W. Short St.) from prior seasons.
Entry into Rupp Arena will also be affected as the student and media entrances will be relocated to the High Street entrance for the 2018-19 season. As a result, fans are encouraged to consider entering on the north side of Rupp Arena, facing the Lexington Center Shops and Triangle Park. Fans are also encouraged to arrive as early as possible and allow extra time for parking and entry, particularly for early-season games as everyone adjusts to changes.
Doors will continue to open at Rupp Arena 90 minutes before tip-off.
Rupp Arena is now a tobacco-free facility, a change that took effect Oct. 1. Areas previously designated for smoking outside the arena no longer exist as those areas will be affected by the construction.
Big Blue Madness
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Rupp Arena
TV: SEC Network