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Kings and Wizards To Face Off in Rupp Arena Oct. 15



LEXINGTON – The NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play a preseason game in Rupp Arena on October 15 at 7 PM, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Global Sports Management (GSM) announced today.

The game will feature the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards.

Taking place the day after UK Basketball’s annual Big Blue Madness, the game will help tip off  the basketball season for Big Blue Nation and provide fans a unique opportunity to be part of the excitement of NBA basketball.

“This game will highlight an exciting weekend of basketball for Kentucky fans. They can start off the weekend with Big Blue Madness on Friday and an NBA game on Saturday,” stated Brian Breslin, Vice-President of Global Sports Management.  “We are excited about bringing another NBA pre-season game to Lexington and the great fans of this area.”

GSM and the BSC have brought the last two NBA pre-season games to Lexington, including last year’s matchup between the Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We have had tremendous crowds the first two times we brought NBA basketball to Lexington  and we are expecting the great fans of Kentucky to come out and show their support for these former Wildcat stars and these two up and coming NBA teams,”  Breslin said.

Tickets range in price from $10 – $250 and go on sale to the public Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, or, or by calling Ticket Master at 800-745-3000.



DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

“I am excited for the upcoming preseason game in Lexington versus the Wizards.  Getting a chance to play at Rupp in front of the Kentucky fans is always a good feeling.  Kentucky fans are the best fans in college and have supported me my entire career so it is great to come back and give them a show.”

Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings

“I’m thrilled to play in Lexington once again with my Kings teammates.  Last year we had a blast entertaining the Big Blue Nation crowd at Rupp Arena—home of many great memories for me.”
John Wall, Washington Wizards

I am excited to be returning to Lexington for our preseason game on October 15.  Rupp Arena holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to playing in front of the best college basketball fans in the country.”