Rupp Arena to host NBA pre-season game featuring three former Wildcats

Rupp Arena Floor - photo by Walter Cornett |
Floor – photo by Walter Cornett |

The NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards will play a pre-season game in on October 19th at 7:00 p.m., the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Global Sports Management (GSM) announced today. The game will feature three former players, and Darius Miller from the New Orleans Pelicans and of the Washington Wizards.

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

“This game will be an exciting weekend of basketball for fans. They can start off the weekend with on Friday and an NBA game on Saturday,” stated Maury Hanks, President of Knoxville-based Global Sports Management.

“We are excited to partner with Global Sports Management to bring this unique event to Rupp Arena.,” said Terry Johnson, Executive Director or the BSC.  “It will bring thousands of fans to central and be a terrific addition to our sports calendar.”

Tickets range in price from $10 – $250 and go on sale to the public Friday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the box office or at