Rupp Arena

"Like a Different Country in the Upper Arena"

Seat Review From Section 213, Row U, Seat 31
Feb 2014


I went to the UK game as a neutral fan. And I'll tell you what, it's tough to be anything but a Kentucky fan in the Upper Arena. It's like a different country up there. It smells like cigarettes and chewing tobacco and the fans aren't afraid to speak their mind (in their own Kentucky dialect). I kind of wished I was a fan of Kentucky sitting up there. It was tight-knit community of people who cared about one thing, and one thing only: winning.

The people were diehard fans, for sure. And with how awfully uncomfortable the Upper Arena is, you have to be to sit up there for two hours. Section 213 has 34 seats in the row and about 40 total rows. Row U was about halfway up a set of steep stairs, and thank God I had Seat 31. Seat 34 was the left aisle seat so I only had to walk over a couple people. If you were right at mid-court in Seat 17 or 18, you actually have a really good view -- but you also have to slide by 15 people on your way in and out.

The view from 213 was actually quite good. The section straddles mid-court, so you can see everything clearly. I wouldn't go much higher than Row U. The court will begin to seem small and the videoboards are small and far away. They did install monitors for the really high rows (think AA and above), but they are really tiny.

The seats up here do not have backs, so get used to people jamming their knees in your back and lots of standing. Like I said, if you're a Kentucky fan, the atmosphere will distract you from these annoyances. But if you're looking for comfort, spend a few extra bucks to sit in the lower level and get a stadium seat.

Best for... watching the game, fans on a budget, partying and socializing

Avoid if... you're bringing the family, you consider yourself "Big" and "Tall", you're cheering for the away team

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  • "Good seats up high but good veiw of entire court"

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