UK Athletics to offer fan cutouts for Rupp Arena, Memorial Coliseum

Fans have numerous options for 2020-21 season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Fans of the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams will have the option to have a presence in Rupp Arena and/or Memorial Coliseum for the 2020-21 season, even if they are unable to attend games due to this season’s limited capacities.

UK Athletics is offering fan cutouts for the upcoming season for both the UK men’s and women’s teams, as well as the gymnastics and volleyball teams. These cutouts, which have been seen in college and professional stadiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, feature an image of a person, or a pet, that fans can have placed inside Rupp Arena or Memorial Coliseum during games this season.

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Prices for the cutouts start at $50, with a wide variety of options available. To purchase, fans should visit ukathletics.com/fancutouts to view purchasing options. From there, fans can upload a photo from their phone or computer and the cutout will be generated. The cutouts will be automatically delivered to either Rupp Arena or Memorial Coliseum in time for the season.

Fans can pick up their cutout or have it shipped to them when the season ends. Fans who elect to have their cutout shipped will pay shipping charges at the time of checkout.

Available options include:

• Rupp Arena Tunnel – a six-foot version that will be placed in the tunnels and corners where the team enters the competition floor. This piece will also include Coach Cal’s autograph.
• Rupp Arena Premium – a four-foot version that will be placed in the first and second rows of Rupp Arena for games.
• Rupp Arena General Admission – a four-foot version that will be placed at the UK Athletics Staff discretion to fill in areas that are unavailable for fans to sit in.
• Rupp Arena Student – a four-foot version that is available to current UK Students and will be placed in the secondary student locations.
• Coach Cal Autograph – upgraded option that will include a Coach Cal autograph on the piece.
• Memorial Coliseum Tunnel – a six-foot version that will be placed in the tunnels and corners where the teams enter the competition floor. This piece will also include autographs from the three coaches (Kyra Elzy, Craig Skinner and Tim Garrison) who compete within Memorial Coliseum.
• Memorial Premium – a four-foot version that will be placed in the lower level of Memorial Coliseum. This piece will also include autographs from the three coaches who compete within Memorial Coliseum.
• Memorial General Admission – a four-foot version that will be placed at the UK Athletics Staff discretion to fill in areas that are unavailable for fans to sit in.

Proceeds from the cutouts will directly benefit scholarships for the 500+ UK student-athletes, including tuition, room and board, educational support and more.

Fans who are not able to attend games this season are also encouraged to consider a charitable gift in support of UK Athletics and the new Ev’ry Wildcat Fund. This new fund will be used to sustain the mission of UK Athletics, serving our student-athletes, during these unprecedented times. Gifts will also directly assist in supporting scholarships for more than 500 UK student-athletes. Fans are encouraged to contact the K Fund to learn more.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com