ESPN’s Shannon Spake enjoys coming to Rupp Arena

Shannon Spake with Walter Cornett
with Walter Cornett

has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky- basketball game.

And the personable sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at ’s home games for one special reason. She gets to sit very close to the passionate and youthful Big Blue supporters.

“I love the fans at Rupp,” said Spake, who also covered ’s 63-51 victory over in early December. “It feels like you are sitting in someone’s living room with over 23,000 of your closest friends. My seat is the best because it’s right in front of the student section and there is nothing better than the emotions the students exude for 40 minutes.”

According to Spake, she is also scheduled to work for at three Wildcat games on the road — Florida (Feb. 7), LSU (Feb. 10) and Georgia (March 3).

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