Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY (29 Upcoming Events)

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.
Sun
Nov 26, 2017
6:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Nov 28, 2017
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Thu
Nov 30, 2017
7:30 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Dec 2, 2017
3:30 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Harvard Crimson
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Mon
Dec 4, 2017
8:00 PM
Janet Jackson
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Dec 16, 2017
2:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Dec 29, 2017
1:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Dec 31, 2017
12:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Lady Volunteers
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Dec 31, 2017
6:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Jan 9, 2018
7:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Jan 13, 2018
7:00 PM
The Harlem Globetrotters
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Fri
Jan 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Alan Jackson & Lauren Alaina
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Jan 20, 2018
8:15 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Jan 21, 2018
12:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Jan 23, 2018
9:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Jan 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour: PBR - Professional Bull Riders
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Jan 30, 2018
9:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sun
Feb 4, 2018
12:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
Feb 6, 2018
7:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Feb 17, 2018
2:00 PM
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Feb 24, 2018
TBD
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
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
Thu
Apr 19, 2018
7:00 PM
Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis & Josh Philips
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Tue
May 1, 2018
7:30 PM
Foo Fighters
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Sat
Jun 2, 2018
7:30 PM
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
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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