Shannon Spake has been to Rupp Arena several times, including Tuesday night’s Kentucky-Missouri basketball game.
And the personable ESPN sideline reporter really likes her courtside media seat at UK’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 Kentucky’s 63-51 victory over Texas 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 ESPN at three Wildcat games on the road — Florida (Feb. 7), LSU (Feb. 10) and Georgia (March 3).
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.