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 22, 2020
6:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators
Lexington, KY
Fri
Feb 28, 2020
7:30 PM
Sturgill Simpson & Tyler Childers
Lexington, KY
Sat
Feb 29, 2020
3:45 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers
Lexington, KY
Sun
Mar 1, 2020
6:30 PM
No Limit Reunion Tour: Master P, Mystikal, Silkk The Shocker, Mia X & Fiend
Lexington, KY
Tue
Mar 3, 2020
9:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 6, 2020
7:00 PM
Zac Brown Band
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 11, 2020
12:00 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 1
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 11, 2020
6:30 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 2
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 12, 2020
12:00 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 3
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 12, 2020
6:30 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 4
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 13, 2020
12:00 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 5
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 13, 2020
6:30 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 6
Lexington, KY
Sat
Mar 14, 2020
6:30 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 7
Lexington, KY
Sun
Mar 15, 2020
2:00 PM
Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Tourney - Session 8
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 18, 2020
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 1
Lexington, KY
Wed
Mar 18, 2020
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 2
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 19, 2020
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 3
Lexington, KY
Thu
Mar 19, 2020
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 4
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 20, 2020
12:00 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 5
Lexington, KY
Fri
Mar 20, 2020
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 6
Lexington, KY
Sat
Mar 21, 2020
6:30 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 7
Lexington, KY
Sun
Mar 22, 2020
2:00 PM
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament - Session 8
Lexington, KY
Tue
Mar 24, 2020
8:30 PM
Wild n Out
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 11, 2020
7:00 PM
Monster Jam
Lexington, KY
Thu
Apr 16, 2020
7:00 PM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Fri
Apr 17, 2020
10:30 AM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Fri
Apr 17, 2020
7:00 PM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 18, 2020
11:00 AM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 18, 2020
3:00 PM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Sat
Apr 18, 2020
7:00 PM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Sun
Apr 19, 2020
2:00 PM
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Lexington, KY
Sun
Apr 26, 2020
7:00 PM
JoJo Siwa
Lexington, KY
Thu
Apr 30, 2020
7:30 PM
Lauren Daigle & Johnnyswim
Lexington, KY
Fri
Jun 5, 2020
8:00 PM
Elton John
Lexington, KY
Mon
Jul 27, 2020
7:30 PM
Backstreet Boys
Lexington, KY
Tue
Aug 18, 2020
7:00 PM
Justin Bieber
Lexington, KY
Wed
Aug 19, 2020
7:30 PM
Jim Gaffigan
Lexington, KY
Wed
Sep 9, 2020
7:00 PM
Journey & The Pretenders
Lexington, KY
Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
432 W Vine St, Lexington, KY
History & Traditions:
Capacity:
23,000
Past Names/Nicknames:
None
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1976