In the Herald Leader Jerry Tipton Compares Rupp Arena to the facilities at similarly perceived basketball programs.
Let’s compare Rupp Arena to home courts for North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Kansas and UCLA. Of the six programs most strongly identified with college basketball success, only North Carolina’s Smith Center was built after Rupp Arena. UNC opened the Smith Center in 1986. Rupp opened 10 years earlier.
Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940, Indiana’s Assembly Hall in 1971, Kansas’s Allen Fieldhouse in 1955 and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in 1965.
All have undergone renovations in recent years that included new scoreboards, video boards, upgraded locker rooms and modernized concourses. None have luxury boxes, so Kentucky has not fallen behind in that revenue-generating idea.
Seating capacity means a lot to UK fans who want the “big” emphasized in Big Blue. Again, Rupp Arena compares favorably. Only North Carolina’s Smith Center (21,750) comes close to Rupp Arena’s listed capacity of 23,000. (Link)