The outsider attitude that UK fans care more about basketball is wrong. Kentucky fans are wildcat fans. Basketball has had more success and
naturally attracts more interest. 40, 000 in Tampa for the Outback Bowl, 50,000 in Nashville for two bowl games shows that football is BIG in Kentucky. The late time and Thursday night is hurting this game.
A few facts to start this post:
1. Kentucky and Western Kentucky will open the season against one another… in Nashville. Nashville, Tennessee.
2. The game will be played on a Thursday night with a 9:15 ET kickoff.
3. The Wildcat fanbase is well known for caring a lot more about basketball than football…
4. Even when UK is coming off a better season than a disappointing 6-7 campaign…
5. And facing a better opponent than Western Kentucky which is coming off a dreadful 2-10 campaign.
Now, here’s what the head of the Nashville Sports Council said yesterday about ticket sales for the game that he described as “very slow”:
“We’re a little befuddled, a little big disappointed. We thought we’d be doing a little better at this point than we are. But there’s still time.”
Scott Ramsey also admitted that the goal for the game was to fill 40,000 seats in the 67,000-seat stadium. Ticket sales are not even on pace for that number right now.
Here’s our only question: Looking at the five facts we listed above, how could anyone be “befuddled” that UK fans coming off a disappointing season last year aren’t snapping up tickets to drive to another state and watch the Cats play a terrible WKU team on a weeknight?