LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the highly anticipated matchup between top-10 women’s basketball teams No. 5/6 Kentucky and No. 2/2 Duke on Sunday, Dec.22 at 3 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena are sold out. The game will be televised live on CW Lexington.
UK students will still be admitted free of charge, while faculty and staff will also receive admittance for themselves and a guest. UK students must present their valid UK Student ID and faculty and staff must present their UK Employee identification card in order to enter Rupp Arena. Please enter through the main Rupp Arena entrance located off High Street.
With a seating capacity of 23,000, the Wildcats look to break the single-season attendance record of 18,488 set last season vs. DePaul in Rupp Arena. They also hope to record the largest crowd to ever watch a women’s basketball game in the Commonwealth, surpassing the attendance of 22,152 set in the first Kentucky-Louisville game played in the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 5, 2010.
“This day has been building for a long time and Lee Todd (former UK President) decided we were going to have a comprehensive athletic program here at the University of Kentucky and he hired Mitch Barnhart (UK Athletics Director), who said we’re going to have good sports across the board, in particularly really invest in women’s basketball, in a real significant way 10 years ago,” UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “He hired a woman named Mickie DeMoss who really laid the groundwork for what’s going to happen on Sunday. We went down to Rupp Arena 10 years ago right after Mickie had gotten the job, and walked into that arena and Mickie told me ‘we’re going to sell that thing out one day. We’re going to sellout Rupp Arena for women’s basketball.’ She had the vision and she did a lot of the hard work to lay the foundation for us to have the kind of success that we’re having.”