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Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: Attendance Is Dropping


While the product on the court has been up and down over the last few seasons, no one can say that it has been so bad that it warrants a decrease in ticket sales. It is Rupp Arena. The home to the most storied program in college basketball. Housing the winningest program in college basketball and the team with the second most titles ever, how can they not fill out every seat in the house? It should be on everyone’s bucket list of sports. With that said, however, a disturbing trend is being seen. That is a decrease in ticket sales and attendance over the last four seasons. Before I give you the numbers of course, I must state that it is not drastic. Kentucky still sells more tickets for an intrasquad game or a practice than most other programs do for any game on their schedule. Regardless of this matter though, the decline in attendance is one that must be addressed. Below are some numbers provided by John Clay.

 

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With this trend now being identified, mostly through the student section, what will it take to correct it? What will it take to get fans back in the seats of Rupp Arena and enjoy the product that is put on the court year in and year out? A stronger home schedule? Less televised games? Better atmosphere? Something has to change before things get too bad (although that will admitidtly be a ways off). It’s your move, Kentucky Athletics! It’s your move.

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