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Kentucky men's basketball tickets have become like gold, and to alleviate a California-like Gold Rush inside Memorial Coliseum, the UK Ticket Office has made some slight alterations for the final student lottery of the year, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 8.

With the Cats opening up the season 20-1 and currently sitting at No. 3/4 in the polls, national exposure is at an all-time high, including the demand for UK student tickets. At UK's most recent student lottery on Jan. 19, a record number of students packed Memorial Coliseum hoping to be drawn in the lottery. In response to the overwhelming demand for tickets, UK officials are now preparing for the final regular-season lottery of the year, which will include tickets for the Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida games.

The actual process of purchasing tickets will not change significantly. However, UK officials from the athletics department and the Dean of Students office have made alterations to the entry procedures to alleviate crowding and ensure the safety of all students involved. 

Due to building capacity restrictions, a maximum of 8,000 students will be allowed into Memorial Coliseum for the final lottery. Two entry lines will be formed at the front of Memorial Coliseum, and students will be counted upon entering the lines.

Students will not be allowed to line up in front of Memorial Coliseum any earlier than 6 p.m. on Monday evening. Students will be required to show a valid student ID upon entering the line. If you do not have your student ID, you will not be allowed into the building. Once students are in the entry line, they may not leave for any reason. Once the line reaches 8,000 students, capacity will be reached and no more students will be allowed to enter the building. Doors will open between 8 and 8:30 p.m., and they will close when capacity has been reached. 

In a change from previous lotteries, students who wish to sit together must be in the entry line outside the Coliseum together, as lottery numbers will be distributed upon entering the front doors of the Coliseum. In past lotteries, numbers have been distributed at the tops of the Coliseum ramps. For the Feb. 8 lottery, students will pass through turnstiles when they enter the building, immediately receive their lottery number and proceed up the ramps; thus, students must be in their groups before they enter the building.

UK officials also stress the importance of filling in every available seat after entering the building.  Due to fire code restrictions, students may not sit in the balcony area next to the video board. All students who do not have an actual seat will be required to remain in the concourse areas until seating is available, keeping aisles and walkways clear.

Once the lottery begins, the order of numbers drawn will be shown on the video board and scoreboards at either end of the court throughout the lottery, as well as posted in the concourses.

As a reminder, to be eligible to attend the lottery, a student must be enrolled on a full-time status with valid UK ID card.  Your athletics fee must also be paid with your tuition each semester. Eligible BCTC students must register and pay the athletics fee online each semester to attend lotteries.  The UK Ticket Office does not anticipate having any guest tickets to sell for these final three home games. For questions regarding student lotteries, please call the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818.

UK Hoops to sell $1 tickets for "Pink Zone" game at lottery

UK students will also have the opportunity to support a great cause at the lottery by purchasing $1 tickets to the Feb. 18 women's basketball game vs. Florida.  These tickets will be available to purchase at a separate table, so don't forget to bring your $1 bills.  Proceeds will benefit the team's contribution to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.   

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I think as a parent who has a paying student that attends UK, that all students should ABSOLUTELY be able to purchase a ticket to all sporting events! The students pay tuition. There wouldn't be a university, if there were no students. The lottery is a joke in my opinion. It's a shame that as much as my child loves the Wildcats, she hasn't been able to always purchase tickets. She didn't miss a football game, and she shouldn't have to miss the basketball games. There should be a new policy where all students can each purchase one ticket, without having to go to a lottery. Of course, she'll be there February 8 to try her luck again.

A Concerned Parent

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