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Latest designs for Rupp Arena reinvention

The Rupp Arena re-design and renovation moved to its next stage this week as officials and architect NBBJ unveiled new designs.

The $310 million project in downtown Lexington is due to be completed by 2017. Improvements include:

  • Chairback seats throughout the arena;
  • Improved technology;
  • A centre-hung scoreboard;
  • Proposed catwalk system to connect the arena to UK’s campus

Gov. Steve Beshear said:

This is another step forward in a project that is critical to the future of this region and to the entire Commonwealth.

LCC Chairman Brent Rice said:

We’ve been working on a long-term lease with the University of Kentucky. That lease will define UK’s contribution to this project.

Additional revenue could come from naming rights, with Rupp as part of the name.