LEXINGTON, Ky. - Coaches and players from both the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University will attend a tip-off dinner on Oct. 30 at Keeneland Entertainment Center in advance of the historic meeting of the teams on Nov. 2.
Tickets are available for the event, billed as "Dinner with the Pioneers and Wildcats." The teams will then meet on the court for the first time in 100 years on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in an exhibition game.
Individual seats for the dinner are $150 but tables can also be purchased for prices ranging from $1,200 for seating for 10 to $15,000 for a table that includes the head coaches. All proceeds from the event will go to the Transylvania athletics department.
Contact the Transylania Alumni Office at 233-8275 about reserving a table or buying an individual ticket. A live auction and other events will also be held in conjunction with the event. Check-in and a cash bar begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition game with Kentucky follows a pre-season trip to Canada for the Pioneers, set for Oct. 15-17. Transy will take on Calgary, Windsor, and Western Ontario in exhibition contests.
Transy and UK last played on March 3, 1911, in a game won by Kentucky 30-24 on the Wildcats' home court. The first game took place in 1903 when the visiting Pioneers won 42-2. The all-time record between the schools stands at 7-7 after the century-long lapse in the series.
“We are thrilled to play in a game that has drawn so much attention, not only from our students and alumni but also from others across the nation,” said Transy head coach Brian Lane. “Our players have thought about this game every day since I gave them the news back in March. We are really looking forward to it.”