You might have missed this last week but the Kentucky Wildcats announced some renovations to Rupp Arena one of which should be of great interest to Syracuse Orange fans. No, I’m not talking about chair-backs in the upper level or the club seats being added to generate even more income for Coach Cal’s program. It’s this note which Orange fans should pay attention to:
Syracuse and Kentucky have been 1-2 in the nation in average home attendance since 1983, but the Orange have only finshed on top three times since 2000 (2005, 2014 and 2015). Once Kentucky completes these renovations the Orange should enjoy a long run at the top of the attendance list with the Louisville Cardinals likely taking over the second spot.
The Rupp renovation plans indicate that the work will be completed in time for the 2019-20 season. Once finished it will reduce Kentucky’s capacity to a level that Syracuse’s average home attendance has exceeded since the 2008 season. This doesn’t mean that Syracuse fans should wait for these renovations to be completed to come out and push the Orange to the top. You have every reason to come out next year and take the attendance crown before Kentucky willingly gives it up.