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Rupp Arena to host first concert since COVID-19 shutdown

Ticket sales start Friday, Oct. 30

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 98.1 The Bull and Hardee’s will present Acoustic Concert 2020 at Rupp Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., it was announced Thursday. The concert will be the first official concert at Rupp Arena since the mandatory COVID-19 shutdown in March.

The previously announced concert featuring rap artists Three 6 Mafia and special guest Project Pat will be the second concert at Rupp and is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

Acoustic Concert 2020 is a special evening featuring live, intimate, acoustic performances from both headliner and emerging country singer/songwriters. Hosted by Officer Don and Deann, this year’s lineup features headliner Brantley Gilbert, and rising country artists Russell Dickerson, Riley Green and Dylan Scott. In addition, new artists Niko Moon, Runaway June and Matt Stell will also take the stage.

For the past seven years, Acoustic Jam has performed to sellout crowds at the Lexington Opera House, where the annual popular event originated. Because of COVID-19 safety requirements, and in order to accommodate the largest audience possible, the event will move to Rupp Arena.

“Dust off those cowboy boots and wear your mask, 98.1 The Bull is thrilled to bring country concerts back to Rupp Arena,” said Michael Jordan, senior vice president for WBUL. “We appreciate Central Bank Center and Rupp Arena staff working diligently with the Governor’s Office and the Kentucky State Department of Health in order to provide a safe venue for country fans across the region to gather for an evening of great entertainment.”

Carl Hall, director of arena management, said, “We ask that patrons do their part to cooperate fully with the health restrictions set in place, including mask wearing and social distancing so we can continue to offer live entertainment in a safe and secure setting.”

The 21,492 area seating capacity will be scaled down to 15% capacity, which includes 3,223 patrons and event staff. Tickets will be sold in restricted socially distanced seat blocks of up to eight, with the vast majority of tickets in blocks of four.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 30th at 10 a.m. Because of on-going construction at Central Bank Center, the on-site Ticket Office is temporarily closed. All ticket sales will be conducted online only at Ticketmaster.com.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, tickets are available on mobile devices only. Patrons can only use the Ticketmaster transfer option to forward tickets to the attending patrons in order to aid in contact tracing. Face covering for patrons and staff will be required to be worn during the entire event. All guests must adhere to social distancing throughout the facility, including their seat location.

Before entering, all patrons will be subject to temperature checks and may be subject to other CDC and Kentucky Department of Health regulations during the event. Patrons will be allowed to bring in one clear bag only . For more information, visit rupparena.com.