More statements! This time from Lexington Mayor Jim Gray:
“Just as the university needs to invest in its buildings and brand to stay competitive, so does the City. By working together, we can provide jobs and inspiration for citizens across Kentucky.
“Lexington has always supported UK, and always will. We’re proud to be UK’s hometown. UK is asking for significant investment for its infrastructure and dorms. We are making a request for beginning funds for a project that will help fill up those dorms and encourage the best and brightest students, faculty, and staff to come here.
“The Arena, Arts and Entertainment District is more than about Rupp, but Rupp is of course the centerpiece. Just look down the road to Louisville and see what remarkable things can happen when a City, state, and University work together. By creating an economic engine in our downtown around a great brand like Rupp Arena, we lift-up Lexington and the whole state.”
Bottom line…there will be a renovated Rupp Arena unless everything falls apart in the end. The question that remains is who will pay and how it will take place logistically.