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07:41 AM ET 12.13 | One of the nation's premier programs, Kentucky's, has a confounding problem on its hands. Average attendance has gone from 23,868 through the first seven home games of 2009, John Calipari's first season as the UK coach, to 23,116 in 2010, to 23,039 in 2011, to 22,071 in 2012 to 21,799 this season. ... The Rupp Arena experience has turned stale. The only noticeable in-game change is the introductions video (and this year, not for the better). Rupp's lower level has always lacked enthusiasm, while the upper level remains cramped and uncomfortable with a poor view of the action. In the past, the only way to be part of the game experience was to sit with the "real fans" in the nose-bleeds. With every game now on television, that's no longer the case.

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December 13, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Need a new barn to play at........

December 13, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Who wants to watch a bunch of freshmen?

December 13, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Correction: who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid freshmen?

December 13, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who wants to watch a bunch of freshmen?

THIS!

I watched the 30 for 30 the other night on Jimmy V (it was great, by the way). That Houston team that stayed togther and terrorized the SWC for a few years was awsome. I was just a litte kid, but I still remember hating Akeem and Clyde and dreading them coming back to Fayetteville to kick our butts again.

CBB was fun back then. Teams stayed together for 3-4 years. You not only learned your team, you learned the teams you would play against. Basketball was better, rivalries were better....all that is gone with the one-and-dones.

December 13, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

THIS!I watched the 30 for 30 the other night on Jimmy V (it was great, by the way). That Houston team that stayed togther and terrorized the SWC for a few years was awsome. I was just a litte kid, but I still remember hating Akeem and Clyde and dreading them coming back to Fayetteville to kick our butts again. CBB was fun back then. Teams stayed together for 3-4 years. You not only learned your team, you learned the teams you would play against. Basketball was better, rivalries were better....all that is gone with the one-and-dones.

AMEN brother!

December 13, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

THIS!I watched the 30 for 30 the other night on Jimmy V (it was great, by the way). That Houston team that stayed togther and terrorized the SWC for a few years was awsome. I was just a litte kid, but I still remember hating Akeem and Clyde and dreading them coming back to Fayetteville to kick our butts again. CBB was fun back then. Teams stayed together for 3-4 years. You not only learned your team, you learned the teams you would play against. Basketball was better, rivalries were better....all that is gone with the one-and-dones.

I agree 100 %, but also with what was wrote. I have been there, and the only really cheering fans are in the nose-bleed sections, the others are sold out reserved to old stoics that just sit there and take up space, really is that way. I have in the past liked it better in the student section, but do not know any anymore. At least they know how to get rowdy. Surprised about me, huh LUS and DS, WPS is not!

December 13, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

THIS!I watched the 30 for 30 the other night on Jimmy V (it was great, by the way). That Houston team that stayed togther and terrorized the SWC for a few years was awsome. I was just a litte kid, but I still remember hating Akeem and Clyde and dreading them coming back to Fayetteville to kick our butts again. CBB was fun back then. Teams stayed together for 3-4 years. You not only learned your team, you learned the teams you would play against. Basketball was better, rivalries were better....all that is gone with the one-and-dones.

Those were the days...Phi Slamma Jamma...the Running Rebs of UNLV...all those great Duke teams...Kentucky....the only thing I didn't like was Dean Smith's Four Corner Offense and winning games 22-20....

December 13, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I agree 100 %, but also with what was wrote. I have been there, and the only really cheering fans are in the nose-bleed sections, the others are sold out reserved to old stoics that just sit there and take up space, really is that way. I have in the past liked it better in the student section, but do not know any anymore. At least they know how to get rowdy. Surprised about me, huh LUS and DS, WPS is not!

Just spoiled and complacent Kentucky shooty hoops fans grown jaded and bloated by success. Now the ennui has set in.

December 13, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Could be some fans are disgusted by the way basketball is run at UK and the one and done players that are only there for the basketball season and then leave.

December 13, 2013  10:53 AM ET

Well, the Louisville Cardinals attendance is doing great. Maybe it is just a GPS recalibrating thing.

December 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Dean Smith's Four Corner Offense and winning games 22-20....

Gave me a chuckle.

December 13, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just spoiled and complacent Kentucky shooty hoops fans grown jaded and bloated by success. Now the ennui has set in.

"...ennui..." ;-)

December 13, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Well, the Louisville Cardinals attendance is doing great. Maybe it is just a GPS recalibrating thing.

As a community, Louisville is feeling its oats. They perceive their city as on the rise. Lexington is... well, Lexington. "How's the breeding going, Bill?"

December 13, 2013  02:51 PM ET

I thinks it's a combination of comments 8 and 9.

December 13, 2013  03:59 PM ET

I could be wrong don't really feel like looking it up now but i'm pretty sure Kentucky has been adding more suites and **** things like that which in turn has taken out actual seating. Could be why there is a plunge.

And lets not kid ourselves how many other schools are packing in 21k+ every home game.

December 13, 2013  04:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I thinks it's a combination of comments 8 and 9.

And maybe they had some games scheduled the same night as Duck Dynasty was on.

December 13, 2013  04:30 PM ET

The "One & Done's" are taking their tole.

December 13, 2013  05:07 PM ET

But over 21k per game ain't so bad.

December 13, 2013  10:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Could be some fans are disgusted by the way basketball is run at UK and the one and done players that are only there for the basketball season and then leave.

the ncaa could put a stop to the "one and done syndrome" if they so choose. besides, by my math thats an attendence slip of about 1%. hardly news worthy.

 
December 14, 2013  04:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

the ncaa could put a stop to the "one and done syndrome" if they so choose. besides, by my math thats an attendence slip of about 1%. hardly news worthy.

I think your math is off!! Between 8-9%

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