The Kentucky Wildcats are once again the team to beat as they are ranked #1 in the country and begin their quest to win a second National Championship in three years. This years Wildcats team feature the highly touted recruit Julius Randle who has not disappointed in his debut so far for Kentucky as he almost single-handedly beat a very experienced Michigan State team on Tuesday. In that game Randle had an astounding 27 points, 13 rebounds and an assist which leads many to believe that he will be one of the best players the Wildcats have had in a long, long time. As a result of Randle’s play Kentucky basketball tickets have seen a dramatic increase in ticket prices this season, skyrocketing up 43% from $225 a year ago to their new average price of $322 per game. The Wildcats have some great games this season at home for which prices have gone up tremendously; their Top 5 games of the season are:
1) 12/28 vs Louisville – Avg Price: $1134 | Get-in: $226 | 251% above avg
The Battle for the Bluegrass is without a doubt the biggest game of the year in Lexington as the defending National Champion Louisville Cardinals come in for a late December game. The Cardinals are ranked #3 in the polls which will make this Top 5 matchup the biggest in recent memory of this fierce rivalry. To prove just how big of a game this will be tickets have increased so substantially they are over $800 more expensive than the average Wildcats game. The get-in alone is $226 and fans looking to watch this potential Final Four preview will see tickets over 250% more than normal going for $1134 on average.
2) 2/15 vs Florida – Avg Price: $508 | Get-in: $124 | 58% above avg
Under Billy Donovan the Florida Gators have had tremendous success and have won two NCAA titles and been to a third in his tenure at the university. When he leads his Gators into Rupp Arena it will be the biggest SEC game of the season as both teams look to win this ever important conference game. Tickets are going 58% above normal for this game averaging $508 per seat with a get-in price of $124.
3) 1/25 vs Georgia – Avg Price: $433 | Get-in: $74 | 34% above avg
The Wildcats third most expensive home game of the season comes when they play the Georgia Bulldogs on January 25th. This game is going for 34% above Kentucky’s season average at $433 per ticket with a reasonable get-in of $74.
4) 1/18 vs Tennessee – Avg Price: $422 | Get-in: $90 | 31% above avg
Coming in just behind their game against Georgia the Wildcats meeting against Tennessee Volunteers is $100 above normal Kentucky home games. This game will be a hard fought battle between two storied teams as they met for the only time in this SEC game. Tickets are going for $422 with a get-in of $90.
5) 2/22 vs LSU – Avg Price: $360 | Get-in: $70 | 12% above avg
Lastly the fifth most expensive game of the season for the Wildcats comes in this late February matchup against LSU. Fans looking to go to this game can find tickets going for $360 on average with a get-in of $70.