Ticket sales are steady but attendance is down at UK games

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many Kentuckians take pride in basketball especially for the wildcats that play at Rupp Arena.

Lately, there are many seats that are empty during the games.

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Guy Ramsey with UK athletics says ticket sales show Rupp Arena is nearly sold out for every game, but attendance doesn’t reflect that. He says attendance is worse when games are on a week night.

He believes big television screens in people’s home are making it harder for them to leave and watch the game at the arena.

“I think there’s just more and more competition,” said Guy Ramsey, Director of Strategic Communications.



Fans admit that’s why they don’t attend the games.

“They’re tired, they’re going to watch it when they get home, they’re going to watch it on tv, it’s easier,” said Rhodes Grannis, Fan.

Ramsey says UK athletics is trying to find ways to make people want to invest their time and money.

For example, UK athletics added new music and a new video board.

Most importantly, Ramsey says he tries to build a season that shows athletes competing at a high level.

“We’re trying to build to that point where we’re competing at that super high level and in order to get there we need our fans,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey says he is confident attendance will go up. For the rest of the 2019 season, all the men’s basketball games are on Friday and Sunday. In the new year, the games will be SEC match ups.