Two years ago I went to heaven. It was big, blue and beautiful. It was Rupp Arena.
Rupp, for those of you who don’t know, is the basketball arena for the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
Yes, I am very passionate about my Kentucky basketball.
We sat up in the nosebleed seats, but it didn’t matter. The environment there is magical.
went back last year for my second game there. It just so happened to be
the day after the Lexington area received a foot of snow and I-75 was
shut down for hours the night before. I was bound and determined to make
it to the game though, despite my boyfriend’s unsure mind.
We went and the roads were fine. And my boyfriend who wasn’t a Kentucky fan, or basketball fan even, loved it, too.
this weekend I decided we needed to go back. My dad was sent to work in
Kentucky about 20 minutes from Lexington and is going to be there over
the weekend, so I figured he needed company!
I am so excited to
make it back to my heaven. The people, the excitement, the sounds, the
atmosphere - everything just comes together to make it perfect.
of you may also be excited for visiting a basketball arena for similar
reasons this Saturday as Van Wert High School hosts two basketball games
at the Cougar Den at the old high school, or what is now known as the
I remember that gym fondly. I was there for the
last game played there and I remember the excitement, the packed seats
and the sadness knowing that was it.
I played volleyball there for my first two years of high school - those memories are varied from good to bad.
can’t forget how hot the gym was practicing there in the summer and how
some of those early morning conditioning days left me hating that gym,
but overall the memories are good.
I remember how cool I felt when
I played in my first game in that gym. It was so much bigger than the
old middle school gym. You actually had room to step back and serve the
ball in the high school gym.
The crowd was so close to the action and you always felt like you were a part of the game even if you were just watching.
think this throwback to the old Cougar Den will be a great time for
some of the current students to hear about the memories of the old high
school and how, even though it wasn’t as fancy as the new one or as big,
it was home. It was where our family, friends and community came
together and squeezed together to support our Cougars.
It was the home of Cougar Pride.