UK Happenings

UK fans invited to NCAA Tournament pregame fun in Pittsburgh

Photo courtesy of UK Alumni Association.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball team is dancing in Pittsburgh! Join the UK Alumni Association for a pregame party and pep rally from 4-6 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 21, at Café Fifth, 818 Fifth Avenue, before the Wildcats take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The event is free and open to the public. UK swag will be available while supplies last with food and drinks available for purchase.

Tournament games will take place at PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave. No. 3 Kentucky tips off against No. 14 Oakland at 7:10 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 21.

Tickets for first and second round games in Pittsburgh may be purchased at Fans can find comprehensive ticket information for all NCAA tournament sites, including information on the NCAA Ticket Exchange, the official secondary marketplace for authentic NCAA Tournament tickets, here.

If you don’t have tickets to the game, stick around at Café Fifth to catch all the tournament action with fellow Wildcat fans.  

Should the Wildcats advance to the second round on Saturday, March 23, Café Fifth will again serve as the UK Alumni Association’s pregame headquarters.

Can’t make it to Pittsburgh? Click here for a list of game watch party locations near you and cheer on the Wildcats with fellow alumni and friends. Check back often as game watch party locations will be updated as they are confirmed.

For more information, visit or contact the UK Alumni Association at Be sure to follow the UK Alumni Association on social media for additional updates.

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