I remember my first UK game. It was John Calipari’s first season at Kentucky, a home game against Auburn. I was sitting in the corner nose bleeders watching John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins put on a show. I remember looking down at the eRUPPtion Zone and thinking “one day”.
All I ever wanted was to attend the University of Kentucky. Growing up a Kentucky Basketball fanatic (not fan), the eRUPPtion Zone was the Holy Grail of seats. I couldn’t wait until the day when I could get tickets to all the basketball games.
My time finally came and last year I got to attend the majority of the home games and was there to witness UK win a national title which was, hands down, one of the greatest experiences I may ever have.
My freshman year (last year) I had to watch Big Blue Madness on TV, but I attended the Blue/White Scrimmage; this year was the reverse. When I took my seat for BBM this year I realized how surreal it all was. I was doing what I wanted to do my whole life; I was sitting in the seats I used to wish for.
Watching these events isn’t bad on TV by any means, but absolutely NOTHING compares to a sold out crowd in Rupp Arena. The noise, lights, videos and special effects never seem to disappoint. After watching them on TV for years, being there live exceeded the expectations.
I would say attending a Kentucky game is always worth it, no matter where the seats are or who the opponent is. Something about the atmosphere in Rupp that makes you fall in love with college basketball all over again. Looking around at all the national championship banners, the retired jerseys of basketball legends, stars in the making on the court and thousands of die-hard fans and you can’t help but get
cold chills, because honestly, there is nothing quite like it.