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Lee Todd comments about Rupp Arena and upgrades

Outgoing Kentucky President Lee Todd recently made some comments about Rupp Arena and the necessity for upgrades and/or a new arena.  Interesting that it appears nobody of importance (Todd, Barnhart, or Cal) think that Rupp Arena is good enough for the Kentucky basketball program.

Question: Will you acknowledge that UK prefers a new arena rather than a renovation of Rupp?

Answer: “UK prefers it be downtown. That is our first preference. And we would hope it’d be downtown and accommodate the needs of our program.”

Q: John Calipari and Mitch Barnhart talk about how UK basketball needs to be the gold standard. Why doesn’t Rupp Arena represent the gold standard?

A: “If you go out and compare it to amenities in other forums that are out there, (Rupp Arena) has got a lot of things missing. The suites. The club (seating), which is very attractive to fans. Video boards. So it is lacking some things. We want to keep it an up-to-date arena.”

Q: Why is keeping current important?

A: “It gives fans a better experience. And it gives you the opportunity (to boost) K Fund donations. We’re in the lower third (of the SEC). The more money we can generate, the more things we can do with that funding. We’re missing an opportunity, I think, to maximize the potential we can get from the fan base willing to pay it if we provide something different.”

Article written by Bryan the Intern

10 Comments for Lee Todd comments about Rupp Arena and upgrades

  1. Nathan
    8:09 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    part of the greatness of rupp is that we don’t have suites and club seats. I have been sitting in the upper level my whole life and that’s where the true fans are. don’t give more opportunity to the blue hairs that leave the game early…reward the die hard fans in the nose bleeds! go cats!

  2. Theghostofbillspivey
    8:58 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    1- you are underestimating the power of money. Suites and box seats are millions of dollars guaranteed revenue that the school misses by not having those amenities.

    With that said why dont they just build an arena in the big ass green space in down town lex (where the hotel was supposed to go for the equestrian games???

  3. Cats
    9:16 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    2- beautiful idea. Wonderfully beautiful.

  4. Tc571
    9:26 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    And with a new arenacthose true fans in upper arena would have a shot at being in lower arena. How great would that be? Rupp is not some 100 yr old cathedral. It’s a cookie cutter late 70’s arena. You would think we have been playing there forever the way some people act. Get the blue hairs off the floor and get some rowdy fans down there. The only way to do that is with a new arena.

  5. Mudcreekmark
    9:56 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    Why do an article that appeared in the LHL today? I think most of us, if not all, read the LHL. What we don’t do is surf the internet for articles that may pop up in different papers or magazines or blogs or whatever. Please put a little effort into your job BTI.

  6. WhatTheFrig
    11:47 pm May 29, 2011 Permalink

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ signs!

  7. playersfan
    7:46 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    More money, more corporate one time (fans) visitors, fewer seats, less real fans. I have UL friends and fans, long term, who do not like seats in Yum. When I look at basketball revenues, it seems KY does OK, add 7 or 8 thousand seats, and revenue will increase.

  8. scott rigots european recruit
    9:12 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    the city of lexington should see the writing on the wall and build a new downtown arena, anyone who has been in the yum center knows that rupp is not the gold standard..

  9. downtown areana
    9:18 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    To 2 and 3 that space isn’t large enough. That is why it has long been determined that if there is a new arena it would be built in the Rupp parking lot between high and maxwell.

  10. DaveA
    7:55 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Whatever is done, it MUST bear the name Rupp and not some crappy corporation.