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Nationwide trend suggests fewer students at games

Photo credit: UK Athletics

Photo credit: UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- An estimated 22,400 fans were in Rupp for Friday night's game.

With Friday being the first game of the official season. The student section was pretty much full at the game, but officials are wondering if this momentum will carry on through the rest of the season.

"If Alabama football tickets and Kentucky basketball tickets are affected then it's a national problem," said Deputy Director of Athletics Dewayen Pevey.

A recent article in the Wallstreet Journal points out this problem stating that in recent years the number of students attending their school's athletic events has declined.

"I was at the last game sitting in the lower arena andI noticed that the eruption zone was only about half full," said Pevey. "Right now we have a lot of unused, unclaimed tickets for football and bball for the rest of the season."

UK athletic officials like Dewayen Pevey are left wondering one thing, why the sudden drop in attendance?

"I'm not going to lie, I didn't go to the last football game because I just felt like there was so much hype for this season and it just kind of died and we still have the same record we had last year with Joker."

"That hype increased and increased and now we are in the hungover period where we have to see some real games, especially in basketball before we get all the students back."

Although the basketball season has just started athletics employees are already thinking of things they can do differently next year to prevent this problem.

"Maybe we just play 4 straight fridays since Friday seems to be a big day maybe we have blue-white the week after madness," said Peevy.

Officials say that the majority of the unsold tickets left for this season are in fact student tickets.

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