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Best Seats For a Concert at Rupp Arena

The most common seating layout at Rupp Arena for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 11, Section 34 and Section 35. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.

On the Floor: Sections 1 and 2 are Floor Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, floor sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the floor layout and the views from each floor section.

To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 12, Section 13, Section 14 and Section 15. The view is not head-on like on the floor, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.

Head-on to the Stage: Seats directly across from the stage, like those in Section 1, Section 2, Section 22 and Section 23 provide the most comfortable looks of the performance. Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.

Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets

Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 11, Section 34, Section 35 and Section 36. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.

If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider floor seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst floor ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.

Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 17 and 28 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like Sections 232 and 231.

Courtside Seating for Basketball

  • Courtside Seating - Courtside seats at Rupp Arena are widely considered the best tickets for a Kentucky basketball game. These seats are within five rows of the court and...

Floor Seats for Concerts

  • Floor Seats - Floor Seats are widely considered the best concert tickets at Rupp Arena. A ticket on the Floor will get you access to the lowest seating area and an ...

Kentucky Bench & Visitor Bench

Kentucky Bench - The Kentucky players sit in front of Section 32 and Section 33

Visitor Bench - The visiting team sits in front of Section 29 and Section 30

Lower Level Seating

  • Lower Level Seating - Lower Level sections are Rupp Arena are labeled with a two-digit number (e.g.: 12). Rows in these sections are lettered. Double and triple-letter rows...

Seats with Backs

  • Seats with Backs - To many, the best part about recent renovations at Rupp Arena was the addition of chairback seating. Previously, only the most expensive seats had sea...

Student Section for Kentucky Games

Kentucky student seating is located on the West end of Rupp Arena. This includes sections 33 and 34, 238-241 and the purposely-distracting eRUPPtion Zone directly behind the basket.

Upper Level Seating

  • Upper Level Seating - On the Rupp Arena seating chart, 200-Level seats are also known as Upper Level sections. For concerts and basketball games, this is usually the best p...

Rupp Arena Seat Views

Rupp Arena Seating Reviews

  • "Like a Different Country in the Upper Arena" - - I went to the UK game as a neutral fan. And I'll tell you what, it's tough to be anything but a Kent...
    Section 213, Row U, Seat 31 / Basketball Review
  • "They're alright" - - Rupp Arena's seats are not for large people - they would best fit someone very slim, narrow, and sho...
    Section 13, Row E, Seats 5,6 / Basketball Review
  • "At least it's at Rupp" - - The new Chairback seating is pretty comfortable, although unpadded. It's pretty high up, but if you ...
    Section 230, Row Y, Seats 5, 6 / Basketball Review
  • "Terrible!! Beware." - - Row Y is the top row on the lower arena seats. You are up under the overhang from the upper level -...
    Section 16, Row Y, Seats 5-10 / Concert Review
  • "Excellent!" - - Chair back seats Behind eRUPPtion Zone (Student Section) On aisle Close to court Behind a basket
    Section 40, Row MM, Seats 3-4 / Basketball Review
  • "Good seats for CONCERT" - - Right next to the big sc reen. As well and could see everything in stage
    Section 12, Row G, Seat 10 / Concert Review
  • "Good seats up high but good veiw of entire court" - - Great day wish we could have stadium seats with us
    Section 231, Row W, Seats 31,32 / Basketball Review
  • "Good Seats" - - The people on both sides were friendly
    Section 30, Row L, Seats 5-6 / Basketball Review
  • "Great corner view" -
    Section 217 / Basketball Review
  • "Upper level" -
    Section 211, Row W, Seat 1 / Basketball Review
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