The Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Tournament which gets underway at noon on Wednesday is expected to bring thousands of fans to Rupp Arena. City officials are alerting drivers and residents in Lexington to expect major traffic impacts through Sunday.
Drivers should expect heavy traffic and longer than normal travel times in the downtown area. Officials are asking drivers coming downtown this week to leave early, to make time for traffic and delays and to be patient.
“We’re proud to host the Sweet 16. Our downtown will be filled with basketball fans from throughout Kentucky,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Please join me in welcoming our visitors. And use caution…the roads, sidewalks and parking lots downtown will be crowded.”
In addition to the boys’ tournament, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play UNC Ashville at 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.