LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky Basketball
Museum has shut its doors due to falling attendance and financial
The museum, located in the Lexington Center near the entrance to
Rupp Arena, has struggled to find an audience since opening in
Kentucky deputy athletic director Rob Mullens said Wednesday
that the museum, which was not affiliated with the university, was
averaging less than 25,000 visitors a year. Consultants told museum
officials before it opened that 110,000 fans a year could push
through the turnstiles.
Mullens said the university has decided to reallocate its annual
$100,000 donation to the museum to help offset $1.2 million in
debt. Mullens said the university would try to open a new
fan-friendly experience at the Craft Center, the school's new
basketball practice facility.