In the wee hours of the morning around 5 a.m., the hopes for $65 million to be set aside for Rupp Arena renovations were squandered, at least for now. After much debate, the $65 million Rupp Arena renovation project was left out of the new state budget deal. Robert Stivers, who was on KSR’s radio show last week, was a big reason behind the deal leaving out Rupp Arena.
“I think it’s responsible. It makes a pretty significant and strong statement toward education,” Senate President Robert Stivers told reports at the Capitol.
According to the Herald-Leader, the budget will include a small sum to be matched with local funds, so Lexington can move forward with more planning. In the same agreement that didn’t approve $65 million for Rupp though, $56 million more was approved for the Louisville Convention Center (H/T Matt Jones). So on an exciting day for Kentucky basketball, some unfortunate news about the renovation plans for Rupp Arena was released this morning.