Kentucky coach John Calipari wants to make sure Rupp Arena is packed for the exhibition game his school was granted to raise money for charity.
Last week, Calipari revealed that the NCAA granted Kentucky a waiver in order to play a special exhibition game against Morehead State in which all the proceeds will go to charity.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Calipari has purchased 2,000 tickets in order for Wildcats students to attend this Monday’s game at no charge.
Coach Cal announces he bought 2,000 tickets for UK students so that they can attend the Morehead State-UK game for free.
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) October 24, 2017
Students, we'll announce in the next day or two how you can pick up the tickets. https://t.co/5r7LKTv2X8
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 24, 2017
Here’s what Calipari had to say last week about the game, which won’t be televised and isn’t part of any other ticket package the school offers.
“Hopefully sell the place out, the money has to all go to charity. That’s what the exchange is,” said Calipari, whose hope is to raise $1 million. “I’m happy, and Morehead is a great school, and it’s in state. We could’ve done some other things and gone outside, but it would’ve cost more to get people there to do it.
“Because it’s for charity, might as well stay in state. We did the telethon for Houston and Texas, and now this. Hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money.”
The game will be the first opportunity for fans to see Kentucky play against a Division I team.
The move to do this is part of a trend in college basketball that is seeing more and more programs create additional exhibitions for several different charities in the wake of disasters that have hit the country recently.