Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY

Rupp Arena is more than a venue to the 400,000 University of Kentucky fans who visit each season to cheer on the Wildcats. To them, it feels more like home. Located in lively downtown Lexington, it’s named after iconic college basketball coach Adolph Rupp.

The Wildcats played their first game at the arena in 1976, and they’ve claimed four national championships since then. Rupp Arena also set an attendance record for the NCAA Sweet Sixteen tournament with 21,283 attendees in 1987.

The arena’s reputation goes beyond basketball, and it’s hosted numerous renowned musical acts over the years. Bandleader Lawrence Welk opened the venue with a performance in 1976, and the legendary Rolling Stones set an attendance record for an indoor concert in Kentucky when they performed to 23,000 fans in 1979. The venue has also seen performances by pop superstar Taylor Swift and jam icons Phish, among others.

Rupp Arena is nestled in the heart of downtown Lexington. There are nearly 100 restaurants within walking distance and ample lodging in the area. For those looking to explore the history of the city, there are several walking tours available, not to mention the Explorium of Lexington, which is a must-visit for the whole family. For those who drive into the city, there are more than 10,000 parking spots within a 10-minute walk of the arena.
Sat
Feb 24, 2018
8:15 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Wed
Feb 28, 2018
7:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi Rebels
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 2, 2018
7:00 PM
Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi & The Steel Woods
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 14, 2018
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 1
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 14, 2018
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 2
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 15, 2018
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 3
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 15, 2018
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 4
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 16, 2018
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 5
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 16, 2018
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 6
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Mar 17, 2018
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 7
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Mar 18, 2018
TBD
Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 8
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 23, 2018
TBD
2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional - All Sessions Pass
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 23, 2018
7:00 PM
2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional - Session 1
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Mar 25, 2018
12:00 PM
2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Lexington Regional - Session 2
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Apr 1, 2018
7:00 PM
WWE: Live - Road To Wrestlemania
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Apr 10, 2018
8:00 PM
The Eagles
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Thu
Apr 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis & Josh Philips
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Apr 27, 2018
7:30 PM
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 28, 2018
3:30 PM
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 28, 2018
7:30 PM
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Apr 29, 2018
1:00 PM
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Apr 29, 2018
5:00 PM
Cirque du Soleil - Corteo
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
May 1, 2018
7:30 PM
Foo Fighters
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
May 8, 2018
6:00 PM
Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Jun 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Wed
Sep 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Justin Timberlake
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Oct 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
432 W Vine St, Lexington, KY
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History & Traditions:
Capacity:
23,000
Past Names/Nicknames:
None
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1976
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