Crean, Calipari discuss moving rivalry back to neutral site

  • 06/29/2009 7:04 pm in

The annual Indiana-Kentucky game may be returning to its rightful location: a neutral site. According to comments made by UK coach John Calipari on Monday’s SEC teleconference, the UK coach and Tom Crean have discussed moving the rivalry game back to Louisville and Indianapolis.

The game was last played at a neutral site in 2005 at the RCA Dome, a game the Hoosiers won 79-53 behind 23 points from Marco Killingsworth.

In 2006, the game was moved to Rupp Arena because Freedom Hall was unavailable on the date agreed upon by IU, UK and CBS. Kentucky won in 2006 and 2008 at Rupp Arena and IU won in 2007 at Assembly Hall. This year’s game will be played in Bloomington.

If the game were moved to Louisville in 2010, both schools would likely want it to be played in the new downtown arena. The arena, which has yet to be named, is scheduled to open in November of 2010. Seating in the arena is expected to exceed 22,000, according to the Louisville Arena Authority.

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  • I'd love to see it go back to the neutral site. I love seeing the place packed with fans from both teams split down the middle. its a great enviorment

  • I'd love to see it go back to the neutral site. I love seeing the place packed with fans from both teams split down the middle. its a great enviorment

  • Bryan

    Speaking as an IU fan living in the Louisville area, I really hope they return to playing in Indy and Louisville. While I occasionally make it back to Bloomington for games, having a local game to attend would be really nice.

    The only downside to the switch, I suppose, would be increased visibility for the Wildcats in the Indy area, simply from a recruiting standpoint. Granted, UK is a national brand, but given that the talent level in Indy is strong, while Louisville is rather weak, the benefits of IU being more visible in Louisville are not equal to the benefit UK gets from getting more exposure in Indy.

    Also, if I recall, part of the deal that the Louisville Arena Authority got snookered into by the University of Louisville includes provisions that UofL gets 1st choice at home dates, and other events have to ask the Cards to remove their banners and signage when using the court. Any chance they rig their schedule and accommodations to make things difficult for other schools to use the arena?

  • Bryan

    Speaking as an IU fan living in the Louisville area, I really hope they return to playing in Indy and Louisville. While I occasionally make it back to Bloomington for games, having a local game to attend would be really nice.

    The only downside to the switch, I suppose, would be increased visibility for the Wildcats in the Indy area, simply from a recruiting standpoint. Granted, UK is a national brand, but given that the talent level in Indy is strong, while Louisville is rather weak, the benefits of IU being more visible in Louisville are not equal to the benefit UK gets from getting more exposure in Indy.

    Also, if I recall, part of the deal that the Louisville Arena Authority got snookered into by the University of Louisville includes provisions that UofL gets 1st choice at home dates, and other events have to ask the Cards to remove their banners and signage when using the court. Any chance they rig their schedule and accommodations to make things difficult for other schools to use the arena?

  • Kelin Blab

    I'm on the opposite end on this. I like the on campus games and the 'home' court advantage. I would love for Cal to walk in AH and see a sea of red and white awaiting him. The neutral court games are good, but that element is missing of that true true home court. I don't want a KY fan to have a chance at a ticket as they would on a neutral site.

  • Kelin Blab

    I'm on the opposite end on this. I like the on campus games and the 'home' court advantage. I would love for Cal to walk in AH and see a sea of red and white awaiting him. The neutral court games are good, but that element is missing of that true true home court. I don't want a KY fan to have a chance at a ticket as they would on a neutral site.

  • Kelin Blab

    Brian your visibility point is excellent, as I believe Pitino has taken advantage of it the times he has played in Indy…..I believe at the wooden classic. I don' t want to have to fight KY, L'Ville, and PU here on our turf……PU is enough.

  • Kelin Blab

    Brian your visibility point is excellent, as I believe Pitino has taken advantage of it the times he has played in Indy…..I believe at the wooden classic. I don' t want to have to fight KY, L'Ville, and PU here on our turf……PU is enough.

  • Kelin Blab

    Can someone verify this? Doesn't KY come to bloomington at least this year. I believe we went there last year?

  • Kelin Blab

    Can someone verify this? Doesn't KY come to bloomington at least this year. I believe we went there last year?

  • aerialM

    UK does come to Assembly Hall this year, and I have to agree with Kelin. I actually kind of like the home campus games. I see the allure of the neutral site games but the visibility point is a good one. I'm looking forward to this year's game @ IU. With UK adding Cousins & Wall & Coach Cal, it'll make for a big time environment…

  • aerialM

    UK does come to Assembly Hall this year, and I have to agree with Kelin. I actually kind of like the home campus games. I see the allure of the neutral site games but the visibility point is a good one. I'm looking forward to this year's game @ IU. With UK adding Cousins & Wall & Coach Cal, it'll make for a big time environment…

  • aerialM

    also, on a side note, as far as scheduling goes, I'd like to see Crean get a few more “in-state” games. I think we should be making a point to play Butler & Notre Dame (I know, last year, Maui) & even Indiana State or Evansville or Valpo. (And maybe even schedule Dane Fife's IU-FW squad.) Those games could be non-conference fillers for us and would really create some solid ties for us. I know we'd probably have to throw them a bone & travel now and then, but that might not be a drawback. I just like us to play all the teams we can in the area that aren't in the B-10, even schools like Southern Illinois or L'Ville…

  • aerialM

    also, on a side note, as far as scheduling goes, I'd like to see Crean get a few more “in-state” games. I think we should be making a point to play Butler & Notre Dame (I know, last year, Maui) & even Indiana State or Evansville or Valpo. (And maybe even schedule Dane Fife's IU-FW squad.) Those games could be non-conference fillers for us and would really create some solid ties for us. I know we'd probably have to throw them a bone & travel now and then, but that might not be a drawback. I just like us to play all the teams we can in the area that aren't in the B-10, even schools like Southern Illinois or L'Ville…

  • Kelin Blab

    aeriaIM…..I have been saying for a couple of years, bring back the IU classic or some form of it that could be held in Indy on a friday and saturday with IU, Butler, PU, IUPUI, ND, E'ville, Valpo etc……We have a ton of in state talent at these schools, with good coaches, and it would be a hugh draw for the state…..a slate of IU v Butler, PU v ND, etc etc…would go over real well ………….

    Also…..I am making plans now to somehow, someway, scalper or otherwise to get IU v KY tickets this year……….I want Cal to wish he never walked into AH….

  • Kelin Blab

    aeriaIM…..I have been saying for a couple of years, bring back the IU classic or some form of it that could be held in Indy on a friday and saturday with IU, Butler, PU, IUPUI, ND, E'ville, Valpo etc……We have a ton of in state talent at these schools, with good coaches, and it would be a hugh draw for the state…..a slate of IU v Butler, PU v ND, etc etc…would go over real well ………….

    Also…..I am making plans now to somehow, someway, scalper or otherwise to get IU v KY tickets this year……….I want Cal to wish he never walked into AH….

  • aerialM

    UK does come to Assembly Hall this year, and I have to agree with Kelin. I actually kind of like the home campus games. I see the allure of the neutral site games but the visibility point is a good one. I'm looking forward to this year's game @ IU. With UK adding Cousins & Wall & Coach Cal, it'll make for a big time environment…

  • aerialM

    also, on a side note, as far as scheduling goes, I'd like to see Crean get a few more “in-state” games. I think we should be making a point to play Butler & Notre Dame (I know, last year, Maui) & even Indiana State or Evansville or Valpo. (And maybe even schedule Dane Fife's IU-FW squad.) Those games could be non-conference fillers for us and would really create some solid ties for us. I know we'd probably have to throw them a bone & travel now and then, but that might not be a drawback. I just like us to play all the teams we can in the area that aren't in the B-10, even schools like Southern Illinois or L'Ville…

  • Kelin Blab

    aeriaIM…..I have been saying for a couple of years, bring back the IU classic or some form of it that could be held in Indy on a friday and saturday with IU, Butler, PU, IUPUI, ND, E'ville, Valpo etc……We have a ton of in state talent at these schools, with good coaches, and it would be a hugh draw for the state…..a slate of IU v Butler, PU v ND, etc etc…would go over real well ………….

    Also…..I am making plans now to somehow, someway, scalper or otherwise to get IU v KY tickets this year……….I want Cal to wish he never walked into AH….