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Rupp Arena to host first concert since start of COVID-19 shutdown

Three 6 Mafia
Posted at 10:24 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 10:40:03-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center will host its first concert since the mandatory COVID-19 shutdown in March when hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia and special guest Project Pat come to Lexington in December.

Reduced capacity seating, mobile ticketing, masks and other COVID-19 protocols will be in full effect for the Dec. 11 show, according to a release issued Tuesday by Rupp Arena at the Central Bank Center.

The 21,017 arena seating capacity will be scaled down to 15% capacity, which includes 3,152 patrons and event staff. Tickets will be sold in restricted socially distanced seat blocks of up to six, with the vast majority of tickets in blocks of four.

Face coverings for patrons and staff will be required to be worn during the entire event. All guests will be subject to temperature checks, adhere to social distancing throughout the facility including their seating location, be allowed to bring in one clear bag only, and will be subject to other CDC and Ky. State Department of Health regulations during the event.

“We have been in contact with the KY State Department of Health for many weeks working out the details and coming up with a plan that fulfills the safety protocols recommended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Lexington Center Corporation CEO and President Bill Owen said. "We are confident that the measures we have put in place will provide a safe environment for patrons to come out and enjoy live entertainment. We are excited for this opportunity to reopen our doors and welcome concert-goers back to Rupp Arena!”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. All sales will be conducted online at