Parking & Travel Information


There are more than 10,000 parking spaces available within a 10-minute walk of Lexington Center’s Rupp Arena. All surrounding parking lots and garages offer spaces for guests with disabilities. 

Lexington Center’s Rupp Arena offers a drop-off and pick-up area on High Street/South Side of the arena. Limousines, buses and cars will be allowed to drop-off and pick-up in this area, but no vehicles will be permitted to park there.

All parking in the Lexington Center’s Rupp Arena parking lots will be free of charge on May 9th.

Driving to Rupp Arena (430 West Vine Street):

Traveling North on I-75 (From Southeastern Kentucky):

Take Exit 104 (marked Athens/Lexington). Turn left off the ramp to Athens-Boonesboro/Richmond Road and follow to downtown Lexington for approximately 8 miles. Turn left onto South Broadway Road. Turn right onto W High Street. Rupp Arena will be on your right.

Traveling South on I-75/I-64 East or West (from No. Kentucky/Louisville or Eastern Kentucky)

Take Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (US 68) Follow through downtown for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto W High Street. Rupp Arena will be on your right.

From Bluegrass Parkway (From Elizabethtown or Western Kentucky)

Turn right off the exit onto Route 60 (Versailles Road). Follow until it becomes a one-way street, West Maxwell Street. Turn left onto Broadway. Turn left at the next light, W High Street. Rupp Arena will be to your right.

Traveling North on US-27 (From Nicholasville Road)

Take US 27-N (Nicholasville Road) and continue straight (27-N turns into Limestone Street). Turn left onto W High Street.  Go through three lights. Rupp Arena will be to your right.


The University of Kentucky is proud to welcome all our graduates' friends and families to beautiful Lexington, KY. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, Lexington offers big city amenities with small town charm. Lexington is in Eastern Time zone.

If you are planning to stay overnight in a local hotel, we strongly recommend that you make your hotel reservations as early as possible. There are many events scheduled in Lexington and hotel availability may be limited. The following is provided for your convenience:

  • Discount Cab

  • Lexington Tazi