Goodbye, basketball ticket lotteries: UK students will get tickets via app


UK Students cheer prior to starting lineups during the game against Tennessee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 61-59. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

Kernel News Staff

Student tickets for football and men’s basketball are going mobile next season, UK Athletics announced Wednesday. 

Ticket lotteries and visits to the UK Ticket Office will no longer be necessary to attend games at Kroger Field and Rupp Arena. Instead, students can purchase and access single-game tickets through the UK Athetics app.

In the press release, SGA president Michael Hamilton said that the new changes will increase student attendance at the events.

“Although we will miss the tradition of the lottery at Memorial Coliseum, ultimately this move will alleviate the burden of the process previously in place and allow students to more easily do what they love – cheer on the Cats!” Hamilton said.

Students will also be able to buy season-long ticket packages here. Some of the packages allow students to buy tickets for all of the home football and basketball games. 

“Our goals in implementing this new system are to modernize our student ticketing process and use technology to make it as easy as possible for our students to purchase tickets and attend games,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in the UK Athletics statement.

Student tickets for football and men’s basketball games will still be $10.  Admission to other sports will remain free with a student ID.