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Sport Empty seats in Rupp Arena are sending a message. Does it matter to anyone?

05:00  22 november  2019
05:00  22 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — It took exactly three games in the downsized Rupp Arena to answer a pressing Kentucky Wildcats basketball question:

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A link has been sent to your friend's email address. "The history and pride of UK basketball will be played in a reinvented Rupp ," Lexington mayor Jim Gray said in a statement. " It ’s a win for the city because of the jobs it will bring downtown, and for UK because the arena will set a new standard by

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No, it turns out, removing 3,000 from the total Rupp seating capacity has not led to a return of the golden days when the Wildcats played in front of precious few empty seats in their home venue.

If you were following Kentucky’s 82-74 escape against Utah Valley on Monday night via Twitter, one of the prevailing themes involved people tweeting images of fairly vast expanses of empty seats at Rupp.

The announced attendance — UK crowd numbers reflect “tickets distributed” — for the game was 18,859. That was some 1,686 below the new Rupp Arena basketball capacity of 20,545.

Going into a weekend in which Kentucky will play twice at Rupp, against Mount St. Mary’s on Friday night and vs. Lamar on Sunday evening, the Wildcats have yet to sell out a regular-season home game.

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I love watching games at Rupp Arena , partly because we never missed a home game for three years. A couple of years ago there was talk about replacing it with something that could seat more people. When he does this, it seems that he goes out to come in and comes in to go out.

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The announced attendance for the home opener against Eastern Kentucky was 20,163. It was 19,101 for Evansville’s stunning upset of John Calipari’s Cats in game two.

Let’s stipulate that 99.8% of men’s college basketball programs would kill for those kinds of crowd sizes.

Kentucky backers, however, had historically taken pride in how Rupp Arena was generally full to watch the Cats regardless of the quality of opponent. That’s why it remains jarring to realize that era in Wildcats basketball history seems to have passed.

For all the attention directed at the quality of opponent — or the lack thereof — on UK’s non-league home schedule, the attendance numbers from the past three Kentucky basketball seasons suggest that two other factors are major reasons why Rupp is no longer always full for the Wildcats.

1.) The games now start way before it “feels like basketball season.”

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Renderings for proposed renovations to Rupp Arena show freshened seating areas and suite He said the bleacher seats in the upper arena are fine. He didn't think adding suites was a priority. Gray said he told Capilouto he would consider a scaled-down project, and did , but ultimately concluded that

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In Dan Issel’s senior year at Kentucky, 1969-70, the Wildcats began their season on Dec. 1. For Joe B. Hall’s 1977-78 NCAA championship team, UK began its regular season on Nov. 26.

This year, UK’s first home game was Nov. 8. Last year, it was Nov. 9. Two seasons ago, the Cats began on Nov. 10. In each of those three seasons, Kentucky has had six regular-season home games scheduled in November.

In 2017-18, the six November home games averaged 20,092 in a 23,000-seat Rupp Arena.

Last season, the six November home games averaged 19,699.

This year, the first three home games have averaged 19,374 in the 20,545-seat Rupp.

2.) The lack of Saturday home games in November suppresses attendance.

Two things unite the November home games from the past three UK schedules. One, it is a steady diet of mid-majors and low-majors.

The second is that none of the November Kentucky home games are ever played on Saturday.

During the college football regular season, there is no way to clear a Saturday telecast of men’s basketball on the SEC Network or other ESPN platforms.

So the UK basketball games bounce around the weekly calendar looking for a telecast window.

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My friend and I noticed two empty seats in the front row, and when we moved down, an usher I'm not saying this is common across the board, but I've never had nor heard of anyone having a I've never had issues with switching seats at intermission I've done it many times before and no one has

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The EKU game was on Friday night; Evansville was on a Tuesday; and Utah Valley a Monday. Mount St. Mary’s will be another Friday tip, while Lamar is Sunday and UAB (Nov. 29) will be a Friday game, too.

This matters because Saturday games draw better regardless of opponent.

In 2017-18, UK’s average attendance for its five Saturday home games was 23,253. Last year, the Cats averaged 23,288 for seven home, Saturday dates.

The foes in Kentucky’s Saturday home games, obviously, tend to carry far more prestige than the November opponents. Still, regardless of strength of opposition, playing on the day of the week most convenient to the majority of your fan base helps put people in seats.

Part of what has seemed disorienting at Kentucky home games in November these past three seasons is that what your eyes see doesn’t always conform with the official crowd sizes.

Last season, UK’s announced average attendance for its first three home games was 19,680. The Rupp Arena turnstile average (which the Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton acquired via an open-records request) for those same three games was 13,107.

So far this year, I don’t ever remember seeing as many empty seats in the lower arena for Wildcats games as there have been.

UK announced on Oct. 28 that the available season tickets, separate from the student allotment, for 2019-20 were a complete sellout.

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Another way of doing it is When the order in which the people themselves sit doesn't matter , then all you are required to do is choose any 6 seats and make anyone sit on any of those 6 chosen seats . Pick a person at random and sit them in any empty chair and continue until all are seated .

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That means those vacant seats in Rupp Arena’s lower levels have reflected people who paid good money for tickets — plus the “donations” that UK requires to purchase good seats — yet nevertheless:

1.) chose not to use them;

2.) couldn’t get anyone else to use their lower-arena, UK basketball tickets, either.

The world, as they say, it is a-changing

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