Big Decision For Big Blue Fans

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

With just days to go before UK meets East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl, officials say plenty of tickes are still available.

They expect Friday's attendance will hover in the mid-50,000 range, far less than in 2007 when the bowl in Memphis saw a record crowd of nearly 64,000.

The team is already in Memphis, Tennessee. On Monday night, they attended a welcome ceremony held for both teams.

When they hit the field Friday, how many big blue fans will be in memphis to cheer them on?

The trip is about a six and a half hour drive from Lexington.

Travel agencies say sales are way down.

In one case, from about 500 fans last year to about 100 this year.

Some fans say the economy is keeping them home this year, others say it's the team's six and six record, so they will be watching from their living rooms to save some money.

Tuesday is the last day general admission tickets will be available to the public at the UK Ticket Office in the Joe Craft Center from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each.


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  • by OUFan Location: Lexington on Jan 2, 2009 at 12:57 AM
    You all are crazy. I'd spend $50 any day of the week to watch my team play in a bowl game. You better hope Kentucky never makes it to a real bowl game, then the whining over ticket prices will really start.
  • by viewer on Dec 31, 2008 at 11:48 PM
    i dont care if it a bowl game or not 50 dollars a person is to high to watch any thing they need to get things resonable so a family can go that is why the amusment parks and all entertainment is down if you dont make 200 thousand a year you just have to stay home
  • by kevin Location: lexington on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    who wants to see hartline and no offense?uk will get beat by35 points.
  • by RS1 Location: winchester on Dec 31, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    I hope UK shows up for this game and East Carolina does not play well like they did against West Virginia and Virginia Tech. If that team shows, UK is in for a long day IMO. I have my doubts on where UK's points will come from in that game though, but maybe the D can force some turnovers for TD's. Go Cats...
  • by Bryan on Dec 31, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    50 dollars is not bad for a bowl ticket.
  • by Jason Location: Danville on Dec 31, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    I support Big Blue through thick or thin, but I just won't dish out $200 to take my family to Memphis. Perhaps, they should make the tickets a respectable price.
  • by grumpy on Dec 30, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    what decision50 dollars for a ticket thats too much for a regular person to go much less a room and travel they have every thing over priced even if the team is good thats to much money to go to a game take a family os 4 look what it would cost
  • by Bryan Location: Owingsville on Dec 30, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    You guys kill me. Support you team no matter what. You all are the kind of idiots that flock to the games and cheer when they are doing good, then cuss them when they arent. Not true big blue fans at all boooooooooooo!
  • by kymom Location: lex on Dec 30, 2008 at 01:56 PM
    I am a season ticket holder, but I drove down to Tennessee to watch them flop and not even try. I had decided by halftime of that game that there was no way I would go to the bowl game. It's no fun when they don't even try. If there hearts aren't in it, why should my pocketbook be?!
  • by Jessica Location: Lexington on Dec 30, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    I went to the Vandy game and then drove to Knoxville to watch them play. Both games were cold and/or rainy. I am not going to Memphis to watch them lose again. Its just not worth the money!
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