John Calipari took to his blog Sunday to lament the slow ticket sales for UK’s alumni showcase Saturday in Rupp Arena.
On Monday night, he took it a step further. In an email sent to UK’s “all-campus” listserv, Calipari offered $20 lower-level tickets for the event that will feature several former UK players now playing in the NBA.
Those tickets had previously been priced at $40.
To get the deal, Calipari directed fans to the Rupp Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com, or to call 1-800-745-3000. Fans can use the code TWENTY to get the half-off deal.
In Sunday’s blog post, Calipari seemed to refer to 2013 mega-recruit Julius Randle, who will be in attendance for the Alumni Game.
“Keep in mind that we may have some other special people visiting that weekend who will want to see what the Big Blue Nation is capable of,” Cal said on the blog. “We want to continue to show them that you can only do things like this at this level at Kentucky.”
Here’s Calipari’s email to the UK community in its entirety …
Date: Sep 10, 2012 6:53 PM
Subject: Alumni Game Special Discount
As a loyal supporter of UK Athletics, I want to be the first to offer you a special discount rate of $20 for lower-level tickets to our UK Alumni Charity Game, which will be held Sept. 15 at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 11 a.m., just in time for you to catch the Legends game featuring our 1996 national championship team vs. the Fantasy Experience All-Stars at noon.
For those of you who have already purchased the $100 premium lower-level seats or the $40 lower-level seats, I want to ensure you that you have already purchased the best seats in the house. The $20 special discount tickets, while in the lower level, are not better than the $100 or $40 tickets previously purchased.
The alumni game will feature some of our former players currently playing professionally, in addition to former professional players which will include six members from the 1996 national championship team.
All proceeds from the game will benefit charity, including Samaritan’s Feet, which provides shoes to the needy; the West Liberty Recovery Fund for tornado victims in Morgan County; 4 Paws for Ability, which provides service dogs to military veterans; and EverFi, which offers financial literacy education to youth.
The special discount offer of $20 ends Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. ET or until tickets last. The special discount tickets can only be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000 by using the code (in all caps) TWENTY.
I hope you will take advantage of this special offer and help us put on another one of those events that make us the gold standard. Not only is this game an opportunity to bring back former players and honor our tradition, it’s a unique opportunity to give back to the community. I’m looking forward to helping our former players hand out big checks at center court to those in need.
Look forward to seeing you at Rupp Arena!