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SEC Tournament Pregame Party and Pep Rally in Tampa for UK Fans

The pregame party and pep rally will take place Friday, March 11, at The Sail Plaza at the Tampa Convention Center.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2022) — Heading to Tampa to cheer on the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team in the SEC tournament? Then join the UK Alumni Association and Tampa Bay UK Alumni Club for a pregame party and pep rally at 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, March 11, at The Sail Plaza at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street in Tampa, Florida.

The cost is $15 per person if pre-registered and $20 at the door. Admission will include a custom-designed UK-themed clear tote bag full of giveaway items, coupons and more, while supplies last. Children 12 and younger receive free admission. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Parking will be available at the Tampa Convention Center garage for a flat rate of $12 per day. For more information and other nearby parking options, click here.

The Tampa Bay UK Alumni Club is offering custom T-shirts and sweatshirts to commemorate the event and will have a limited number available for sale at the pep rally.

A clear bag policy will be in effect for this year’s tournament games. See more on the policy here. For SEC Tournament information, click here.

Stay up to date on the event at or contact Jack Gallt at 859-257-3801 or

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.

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