By Matt Jones on ©December 17th, 2011 @ 8:44pm
Posted in Blue Blooded Opinions | 113 Responses
Financing and timing is still to be determined. But above is the look at the outside of the new renovated Rupp Arena design approved by the Lexington Task Force. More later….
Thats a pretty slick looking design
That whole thing looks like a luxury box.
If we build it…..who’s comin??
love the new design and think this is definitely the way to go. let’s get this thing going!!!
Are we gonna tear down the Hyatt??
They have my vote!
Terrence playing like doo doo, again.
Is it just me or on the right side of the last picture does it not look like that building is on fire?
Shit is weak, come on this is the beat basketball program in the country and there going to build this shit, bitch please!
That. Is. Amazing.
As long as I don’t have to pay for it…knock yourself out.
Then I’ll sit back and watch when 10 years later the powers-that-be at Kentucky wail about needing more revenue…
Jones still a head job once again..that is 4 straight halves with zero production…not sure about Teague shooting all of those 3’s…we just can’t sustain any offensive rhythm…if Wiltjer shows in practice what he has been putting on the floor it is easy to see why he isn’t getting much PT.
300 million,wow some serious bread there.
Why did we copy the look of the Chicken Bucket? WTF?
Slick as hell.
So proud! That’s incredible, such a great design. Much more than I anticipated with a “renovation”, hope they can get the funding and start this project soon. Look forward to a NEW Rupp, but in the same location. Way to stay true to UK & Lexington. Go Big Blue!
Great looking design. I question the decision to allow horses to roam the areas around Rupp freely though, they can be dangerous when startled.
So will there just be random horses walking around downtown Lexington soon? oO
Looks like the big spacecraft that parks itself over New York in “Independence Day”. I may be seeing things this evening, but I like it.
No way that is done without missing games, really, how much of the existing structure is still there? $300 million is more than it cost to build the Chum Center.
15 that looks nothing like the KFC trailer. I pass that ugly ass building daily and that looks nothing like it in anyway.
Where do they feed the cows? Will there be a Golden Corral close by?
I wonder if it will be able to support a scoreboard/screen hanging from the middle of the rafters.
The most interesting basketball arena in the world.
I really Like it. Any inside pics?
It has a lord of the rings feel to it
25 – it looks like they will be putting a new roof on so im sure it will.
I say do it.
Looks great. I wonder what the actual seating capacity will be.
Please change the color of the damn ‘Rupp Arena’ sign on the building. It’s currently Carolina Blue.
Not really a fan. The top is exactly the same as it is now, only more tumorous.
Finally, how can UK win with the current building the way it is….oh wait.
Whoever you are out there that’s been giving the old college lovin’ to our man TJ, you’ve clearly cut him off & therefore he has lost his superpowers. All I ask is that you stick with him till the end of the season. Please. Think of your Cats… Do it for them!
Dewayne Peevy wants to let everyone know Jones has tape on his left hand. Also he’s a basketball player.
Looks better but for that amount of money I’d say wait 10 or 15 years and just build a new one it can wait TRUST ME everything else in KY does
You know the Debbie Downers are gonna say it sucks. Everything sucks to them. I think it looks pretty cool. Save the tradition but take it up to the times. I would go to a truck stop to watch the cats.
Lmao…crap..it will never be better than the YUM! U know it lol
looks like the Yum! #UKislittlebrother
I’m not terribly enthusiastic about that design. Part of this is the general aesthetics – perhaps it appears a bit too “postmodern corporate” with its glass + steel appearance. It initially strikes me as a large auto dealership. Kentucky basketball is rooted in tradition and legacy; its arena should reflect this. The architecture should have a classical appeal with stone and columns. However, I do support the move toward more free-range equines in downtown Lexington.
As a 2002 grad of UK School of Architecture, I’ve always been underwhelmed with exterior appearance of Rupp. Does no justice to the energy and passion within its walls and is a huge wasted opportunity to make a big statement. My favorite part of new design is the transparency and the effort given towards utilizing UK bball to activate the surrounding area. hopefully Big Blue Nation will finally get the home it deserves!
#42-Well, it’s no Conseco Fieldhouse now, is it? Hinkle? Nope. Just some dumb Kentucky Golden Corral hillbillies throwing up some glass and steel. Nice’n homey 😉
Looks pretty cool but who’s going to pay for it?
Looks a little like the Yum!, but we all know this is not how it will look upon completion. Glad to see UK getting this…. Now to the game. Bout friggin time Calipari puts in the subs. % mins to go we was up 32 with the starters still in. That’s ridiculous.
We will not win it this year… dang
I hope they keep the uncomfortable bench seating.
I would pay taxes for that!
Anyone saying this looks even remotely like the Kentucky Fried Cardinal Yuk! Center is an obvious troll.
#50 Yeah, I don’t see any horses standing on their hind legs with chicken buckets over their heads. And where’s the slide from the top deck that’s lubed with recycled chicken grease?
I LOVE IT!!!
And this looks nothing like the Chicken Shack.
I wanted to have a giant sphere in the sky that had the ability to destroy planets as the new arena…oh well.
Is that a unicorn in the picture?
#49 it’s about time you paid for something. I’m tired of carrying your a$$.
Looks like a big boil.
I just got WOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is……….Amazing!
This is more of a concept/master plan idea than a final product, so don’t freak out too much. No one has certainly given the green light to demolish the Hyatt or reconfigure Vine Street and Triangle Park, etc. It will probably end up looking very different, cost being a huge factor. But I think the direction is the right one. Can we start a petition to release wild herds in downtown?
Where is the Hyatt going / in relation …can we see into rooms too?
HAHAHA Anyone else think it’s sad that U of L gets an awesome new arena possibly the best basketball arena in the world and we get Rupp arena with a few more windows? Louisville has passed us by since CRP got there.
#61 – I think its sad for Louisville that Lexington will spend a fraction of what they did to renovate Rupp Arena and come away with a better arena and arena district while still maintaining the history of Rupp Arena’s namesake. I’ll take real, true blue tradition in a nice package with a real collegiate atmosphere over Louisville’s manufactured tradition in a pro sport arena that’s clinical in execution and feel. TS.
Also, obvious troll is obvious.
Damn! We blew all our money on this arena for a crappy team with no fans instead of building that bridge we desperately need!
I that my Occupy friends walking around? If so, I think I can arrange for some federal monies to help pay for this wonderful building
Love the design but is something on fire in the upper right hand corner of the wide sky photo.
Hahaha. That picture does have UK’s Main Building on fire in 2001! Nice! Here’s the one http://ukcc.uky.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps.391+campus+0032
As long as the building says “Rupp Arena” and there are title banners hanging go for whatever
#62 The yum center cost $238 million.
Here’s the article. http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/17/1997718/lexington-committee-oks-design.html Cost of just renovating Rupp would be 110 to 130 million. Well below the 238 wasted on the KFC food court.
No parking lots??!!?? Where’m I sposed to park my HumVEEEE???
#70 If you can find 4 Civics or Prius’ you can park a wheel on each.
They are covering up the Hyatt with the Tree! Its still there! Sweet! I like it!
Looks like part of the funding is going to come from cutting off oxygen and water from the surrounding flora. The only green trees will be the ones in the newly renovated area.
Can we get some live wildcats to roam around along with the horses? That would be awesome.
DESIGN NEEDS MORE PONIES!!!!1111
I like all the wild horses running around!
#73 Well yeah, but they’ll be ******* sweet trees……..
I know they wanted to use the rest of the money to renovate the downtown area. I didn’t know that included placing a horse pastor around Rupp.
Are the horses not statues? lol
I’m with #74….BADASS!
Yeah, I’m pretty sure the horses are statues.
New basketball building code: if your school sounds like tuckie then you are restricted to a 100 person capasity
I for one think it is a very nice looking structure. As you read all the idiots from the VILLE you can tell they are quite jealous to the fact that they have a Pro arena as Rupp will stay a college facilty with all new bells and whistles. And it will be bought without U K or the city going to Frankfort like the city of Ville did to get it funded… It will come from 3 or 4 COAL companies going together to fund this facility..and it will be called PEOPLE of COAL “RUPP ARENA”
this place will Rock and coach RUPP will be PROUD………….CFR
Interesting. Only thing missing is a ufo or two hovering around.
Im a go if we can maintain the 1970 white cluster-f$@k of a speaker system hanging from mid court.
Thankfully, this looks nothing like the YUM! Center which is one of the ugliest arenas in the country (from the outside). On the inside, it’s new with a few updated concepts. It’s far from innovative. Don’t confuse new with cutting-edge. It’s far from that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice because it’s new. But it’s certainly not historically grand and most likely won’t be because Louisville will always be #2 in the state. Facts are facts. This design is interesting but if the plan would take “ten to twenty years” to complete, that’s too long. It could be completely out of date in ten to fifteen years. And so the Hyatt just gets booted and torn down? Not good business sense. Lexington needs those downtown hotel rooms to attract larger conventions. You can’t wipe out hundreds of hotel rooms and talk about attracting larger conventions at the same time. Makes no sense. If it takes ten+ years to complete, these numbers are useless as the price would climb considerably, if not double or triple. Lots of loose ends here. Lots of specifics need to be addressed.
How are they going to do this to Rupp and UK misses no games? Nice pie in the sky of parks and a canal/creek through downtown Lexington as well. Where, exactly, is the poor state of KY gonna get the $1B it’s really gonna take to do this?
Microsoft paint… that ain’t.
scott… dont forget indiana has to come to rupp next year! 🙂
#42, stone and columns? Really? Like Lexington doesn’t have enough of that already. Barf.
LMAO SEXtino will now have the 4th or 5th nicest arena in the state before long. No fans to fill the Chum Bucket so they all have become cats fans. Uavel sucks!!!!!!
87.. U dumb as he’ll. U need to check your facts…smh
Hope the do the horse statues as if they are stampeding out of the arena. Kinda like the ones as you enter downtown. Very cool idea…
I still wish someone could explain what is wrong with Rupp now? We win every game and its always packed.
Will the new arena prvovide blankets for the blue hairs if they need a nappy during games?
This is a BFWOM.
Big Freakin’ Waste of Money.
Yes, the renderings with the unicorns – along with the project. Economically, ill-timed and unfit ideation.
Will it have a scoreboard hanging from the middle of the court to see on four sides. That speaker thing is terrible. The scoreboard now is terrible.
Doesn’t match lexington’s cityscape. Kind of disappointing.
Shouldn’t the horses be running towards the arena?
the exposed exterior does resemble the Yum Center..but certainly not the shape. If there is 1 thing the dirty birds have done right, it was the Yum center. We can only hope our downtown economics boom like l-ville’s has.
The Yum center was built to ultimately lure an NBA team for the city of Louisville. Little Brother is simply its prime tenant at this moment in time. Lexington does not wish to lure an NBA team. This renovation is a Camden Yard style renovation that will change the way Universities renovate their facilities. Little brother will play in Riverfront Stadium and Sports Bar. We will play in Camden Yards or Great American or the new Yankee Stadium. The tradition will shine through.
when will the inside photos be released? thats what Im curious to see. The outside looks amazing.
The final design will not look like this rendering. Same old girl, different skirt.
How can anything not be an improvement to Rupp as it is today. My first attemtpt to locate it years ago resulted in finding three bars which were not the correct address and three beers before I found a hotel with a basketball court. Inside sources assure that there will be horse racing on the specially coated court at half time of all games…
good design but where is everyone going to park? buildings on High street lot and green space on cox street lot. I guess we are supposed to ride public transportation from downtown parking lots!
The outside is fluff – what will the inside look like??? I cut velvet with Harry Altman for 40 yrs, and I deserve to know.
#90-Looking forward to it…and the 100 tickets 😉
But Kensucky still sucks, regardless of the building. They should concentrate on getting an ethical coach and getting rid of Crapilari (aka the slime) instead of spending all the hillbilly supporters money on a building. Jeez, talk about dumb.
should bring seating capacity up to 40k so that this site can be a great tourny venue.
I’m with “mortyseinfeld” on this. The external design is very attractive — but you don’t sit or play on the outside. I’d me more interested in seeing the interior. Regarding “DukeReigns” — I couldn’t agree more on Calipari, but don’t be so “over the top” about it. Kentucky is a great program and I’m glad to see the recent resurgence, but have little to no respect for Calipari.
ummm….where are you supposed to park?