In Game

Rupp Arena is the largest basketball-specific arena in the country and home to one of the most incredible atmospheres in college basketball. UK fans are absolutely rabid when it comes to supporting their team, which you can see on game days as not only do the Wildcats fill the largest arena in the country to capacity but exceed it. The fan support inside Rupp Arena is amazing, and alone makes the trip to Lexington worth it for anyone looking to experience a great college basketball game.

In addition to the outstanding fan support found at Rupp Arena, you’ll also see tons of UK basketball pride and history on display inside the arena. Countless banners hanging from the rafter honor the best teams, coaches, players, and even announcers in UK basketball history. You’ll also be able to walk on the arena’s original court, which is located in the main entryway.

UK’s basketball is also top notch as well since the Wildcats consistently put one of the best teams in the nation on the court year after year. Even in a down year, you’ll be treated to watching a competitive side that could knock off any opponent that makes their way to Rupp Arena.

After the game, make sure to stop by some of the best local spots Lexington has to offer. Rupp Arena is located in downtown Lexington, so there are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance. Make sure to stop by McCarthy’s Irish Bar, Tolly-Ho, or the World’s Famous Two Key Tavern if you want to enjoy some local favorites.

You’ll have an excellent time attending a Kentucky Wildcats game where you’ll encounter one of the best experiences in college basketball.

Things to check out

Banners

Kentucky is the most decorated program in college basketball, so you better believe that you’ll see a slew of banners hanging from the rafters of Rupp Arena. The banners honor all of the school’s championship-winning and Final Four teams as well as many of UK’s best players and coaches, so make sure to check them out.

Rupp Arena Floor

Inside Rupp Arena’s main entrance is the arena’s original floor. When you walk into the arena you’ll be walking on the same floor as many great Kentucky players of the past, so take a second to take it all in.

The Wildcat & Scratch

The Wildcat and Scratch are the two costumed mascots at the UK.These two love to entertain and pump up the crowd at Wildcat games. The Wildcat dates back all the way to 1976 and Scratch provides a youthful and kid-friendly persona who is great for fans of all ages.

Spelling out K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y

One of the best parts of any Kentucky basketball game is when the cheer team spells out K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y at center court. The atmosphere is incredible when everyone in attendance chants each letter and best of all the Y is made by a famous UK alumni, so join in on the chant to get the most out of your trip to Lexington.

UK Flag and Pyramid

The crowd goes crazy when the UK Flag is raised, and the cheerleaders go into their pyramid formation, so don’t miss it. The unveiling of the UK Flag is a great part of any Kentucky basketball game, and a must see for anyone visiting Rupp Arena.

Big Blue Madness

If you’re in the Lexington area right before the season starts, make sure to be in attendance for Big Blue Madness. The free Midnight Madness event kicks off the Kentucky basketball season and fans camp out for days to get their first look at the team, so join in on the fun.

Cheer Squad

Kentucky has one of the best cheer squads in the nation and have won an incredible 19 UCA National Cheerleading Championships. These men and women do an outstanding job of pumping up the crowds at Rupp Arena, so come prepared to get loud when attending a Wildcats basketball game.

Senior Day

While just about every school has a senior day celebration, few are as famous as the one at Kentucky. At Kentucky, every seniors run through a picture of themselves before the game giving an extra special feeling to the occasion. Make sure to attend senior day, so you can see your favorite graduating players play their last home game for the Wildcats.

The eRUPPtion Zone

The student section at Kentucky is known as the eRUPPtion Zone and is one of the loudest students sections in the country. You can’t miss the eRUPPtion Zone when attending a UK game as they help provide one of the best in-game atmospheres you’ll find anywhere in college basketball.

Fight Songs

  1. On, on, U of K

    On, on, U of K, we are right for the fight today,
    Hold that ball and hit that line;
    Ev’ry Wildcat star will shine;
    We’ll fight, fight, fight, for the blue and white
    As we roll to that goal, Varsity,
    And we’ll kick, pass and run, ’till the battle is won,
    And we’ll bring home the victory.

    (Repeat Verse) 

  2. Alma Mater

    Hail Kentucky, Alma Mater!
    Loyal sons and daughters sing;
    sound her praise with voice united;
    to the breeze her colors fling.
    To the blue and white be true;
    badge triumphant age on age.
    Blue the sky that o’er us bends;
    white Kentucky’s stainless page.

  3. Kentucky Fight

    (Normal Verse) 
    Kentucky! We will beat the foe!
    Kentucky! Onward we will go!
    Kentucky! We all hail to thee,
    and victors we will be today!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!

    (Repeat Verse, Then Yell)
    “U-K” 

    (Football Verse) 
    Kentucky! Hit that line real hard!
    Kentucky! Fight for ev’ry yard!
    And you’ll win for the Blue and White!
    So yea! you Wildcats
    fight! fight! fight!

    (Repeat Verse, Then Yell)
    “U-K” 

    (Basketball Verse) 
    Kentucky! Dribble down the floor
    Kentucky! Fight for ev’ry score!
    And you’ll win for the Blue and White!
    So yea! you Wildcats
    fight! fight! fight!

    (Repeat Verse, Then Yell)
    “U-K” 

  4. My Old Kentucky Home

    Played before every Kentucky home game

    The sun shines bright in My Old Kentucky Home,
    ‘Tis summer, the people are gay;
    The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
    While the birds make music all the day.

    The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
    All merry, all happy and bright;
    By ‘n’ by hard times comes a knocking at the door,
    Then My Old Kentucky Home, good night!

    Weep no more my lady
    Oh weep no more today;
    We will sing one song
    For My Old Kentucky Home
    For My Old Kentucky Home, far away.

  5. Go Big Blue!

    Go big blue!

    Go big blue!

    Go big blue!

  6. C-A-T-S!

    C-A-T-S!

    C-A-T-S!

    C-A-T-S!

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