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Rupp Arena announces attendance plans

Posted at 7:17 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 19:22:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Rupp Arena is in the planning phases to reopen, but things are going to be very different.

All events will be run at about 15 percent capacity, which means about 3,000-4,000 patrons can attend.

Carl Hall, the Director of Management at Rupp Arena, says even with such a small number of people, social distancing is still very important.

“If you have attempted to move into seats that are not available for sale, we are going to move you back to where you belong or escort you out the building," Hall said.

Hall says masks will also be worn the entire time people are in the building. There will only be one entrance, and you have to present your tickets digitally. No paper tickets will be allowed.

“Our focus is safety, safety for the patrons, safety for artists, everybody; and we just ask for cooperation from the fans because it may be somewhat discouraging and frustrating," Hall said. "A little slower and all that to get in and be part of it, but the alternative is to to do one event or two events and then stop."

UK has not commented on what their plans are for their sporting events yet.

The first scheduled event is a concert on December 11.