Coach Cal taking UK’s national title trophy on statewide tour

From Pikeville to Paducah and select stops in between, John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball staff is coming to a Kentucky city near you to celebrate the Wildcats’ eighth national championship.

Thursday through Saturday, the UK men’s basketball staff will take the national championship trophy through the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the UK Men’s Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless.

Fans will have photo opportunities with the trophy beginning on Thursday in Eastern Kentucky, where the tour will begin with three separate stops. On Friday, the tour will hit four cities in Central and Western Kentucky. At each stop, Coach Cal will address the fans and take questions from the crowd.

The tour will conclude on Saturday at Verizon retail stores in Lexington (Hamburg) and Louisville (Old Brownsboro Crossing). These stops will be the trophy only.

The tour stops include the following cities, locations and times:

Thursday, April 12
Ashland, Ky.: Kroger (noon-1 p.m. ET)
711 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Ashland, KY 41101

Thursday, April 12
Pikeville, Ky.: Expo Center Main Street Plaza (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET)
Billy Johnson Stage
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501-1144

Fans in Kentucky will get a chance to see John Robic and the national championship trophy up close and personal Thursday through Saturday in select stops in Kentucky.

Thursday, April 12
Hazard, Ky.: Perry County Park (5-6 p.m. ET)
354 Perry Park Road
Hazard, KY 41701-9522

On Friday, the staff will board a train at Buchanan Street off W. Main Street (near Rupp Arena) that will take them to Frankfort, Ky.

Friday, April 13
Frankfort, Ky.: Old Capitol Annex (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET)
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Friday, April 13
Elizabethtown, Ky.: Kroger (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET)
111 Towne Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Friday, April 13
Owensboro, Ky.: Kroger (4-5 p.m. CT)
2630 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Friday, April 13
Paducah, Ky.: Kroger (7:30-8:30 p.m. CT)
3141 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001


Saturday, April 14
at Verizon Wireless
Lexington: Hamburg (10 a.m.–2 p.m. ET)
1895 Vendor Way
Lexington, KY 40509


Saturday, April 14
at Verizon Wireless
Louisville: Old Brownsboro Crossing (4 p.m.–7 p.m. ET)
4830 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40222