2019 — a massive year for Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. — 2019 was a massive year for Rupp Arena. Highlights include numerous major concert touring artists like Pink and Paul McCartney, the installation of new chair back seats in the upper arena and two new records set: the fastest concert sell out in Rupp history (Luke Combs) and the highest number of concerts on sale in a single month (seven in November).

Despite a four month closure (June 15 – Oct. 4) for renovations in 2019, Rupp Arena hosted 33 public ticketed, non UK Basketball events in an 8-month window, with 313,000 tickets sold. By comparison in 2018, Rupp hosted 30 public ticketed, non UK Basketball events, over a full 12-month calendar year with 328,000 tickets sold.

According to Brian Sipe, Oak View Group Facilities’ director of booking for Rupp Arena, “While Oak View Group was excited about our second year in Lexington and the 2019 schedule at Rupp Arena, we are even more excited for what’s coming in 2020 with what is already announced, and what is slated to be announced.”

“The Lexington Center/Oak View Group and Live Nation Arenas partnership, which began in 2018, has produced outstanding results. We are thrilled to end 2019 on such a high note and we are looking forward to a prosperous New Year in 2020!” said Bill Owen, Lexington Center president and CEO.

Video recap of 2019: https://youtu.be/b_qveAJiJi8

2020 Events – Concert/Show Dates/Times


January 13 – WWE Raw @7:30pm
January 17 – Harlem Globetrotters @7:00pm
January 25 – Professional Bull Riding (PBR) @6:45pm
February 13 – [email protected]:30pm
February 14 – Luke [email protected]:00pm
February 28 – Sturgill Simpson with special guest Tyler Childers @7:30pm
March 1 – No Limits Soldier Reunion Tour with Master [email protected]:30pm
March 6 – Zac Brown [email protected]
March 7 – Winter [email protected]
April 11 – Monster [email protected]
April 16 – 19 – Disney On Ice – Times Vary
April 26 – Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The [email protected]:00pm
April 30 – Lauren [email protected]:30pm
June 5 – Elton [email protected]:00pm
August 18 – Justin [email protected]
September 9 – Journey and the Pretenders @ 7:00pm