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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Releases Rupp Statement

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.

Article written by Matt Jones

18 Comments for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Releases Rupp Statement

  1. Poof
    6:06 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Why would UK have to pay a single dime to renovate Rupp? UK leases space in Rupp.Only cost to UK wouls b if it plans to build an on campus arena, which will NEVER happen.

  2. catcrawler
    6:24 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Rig the Ky Lottery to pay for it. There will be no winner for about a year and then WOW a winner who is terminally ill and wants his last wish and winnings to go to UK. Do it.

  3. meas
    6:34 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    This is a complete embarrassment. Rupp Arena is decent but outdated. Guess we are satisfied to be outdone by U of L basketball. Why UK basketball allows itself to be held hostage by the city of Lexington is beyond me.

  4. BBN
    6:40 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    The city can do whatever it wants to Rupp as long as UK is not obligated to utilize the facility beyond the time period stipulated in the lease. I want the university to walk away from the pig in silk lingerie when sufficient funds are raised to build an on-campus arena.

  5. RidgeRunner
    6:44 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    –and the political wheel turns…

  6. Ryan
    7:08 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    By “more than about Rupp”, did he mean “about more than Rupp.”

  7. Mr Schwump
    7:23 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Just have a place they can shoot FTs.

  8. foffer
    7:44 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    LOL @ # 2 … the fix is on!

  9. Cats Fan
    7:52 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    This is where UK lags behind “little bother”. They got their stuff sponsored by major corporations, where’s the companies and big donors that support UK?

  10. Coby
    8:15 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    You could put a free hot dog stand on every corner of the area surrounding Rupp and the results will be the same. No one will show up until it’s basketball season or another Taylor Swift concert. Downtown is a horrible place that is out of the way of everyone in Lexington, except students (the reason there is always a trail of vomit on any street near high street). An old philosopher used to say “son, you can’t polish a turd and turn it into a diamond” and I believe that. Sure, you can say its a diamond, but we can all smell the truth. If not for Rupp, the downtown area is a ghost town. If they rush this and try and put something together without Rupp as the main concern, this whole project could blow up in our tax paying faces. But then again, I could be wrong. See y’all in 10 years when we talk about this again.

  11. Jim Gray
    8:18 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t let corporations come in and back the project because then you have an arena thats called the “KFC YUM CENTER” and not Rupp arena. Other than that though, I feel like I’m going to run this right into the ground.

  12. BBN
    8:49 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    #9: The donors are the major players in the $1 billion + horse industry in central Ky. The problem is they refuse to give a nickel and haven’t for decades. They are more concerned with thwarting any attempt at developing the city. That is why it took more than 20 years to add an additional runway to Bluegrass Field airport. That is why there are no major corporate sponsors in Lexington.

  13. catcrawler
    9:01 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink


  14. Tosis
    9:15 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    City is not a proper noun and should not be capitalized. Neither is university. Plus what #6 said. Did BTI proof this press release or what?

  15. TrueBlueFan4Ever
    9:18 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    Rupp is LEGENDARY, ok? A historic site. That’s like going to visit Elvis’s home in Nashville & it not being in Nashville. Rupp stays in Lexington & stays in the HEART of downtown. It absolutely needs rennovating, however, I’m not sure who should be responsible for paying for that. Certainly some money can come from the University, as us students are VERY proud to be at UK and are very proud of Rupp Arena. It wouldn’t be Rupp Arena if it doesn’t stay in the same location…

    **Update Rupp with top of line equipment & please dear Jesus, update the restrooms & concessions…

  16. jugg
    9:45 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    cat fan…. little brother got a large sum of money from the state of kentucky, aka taxpayers! ernie fletcher was a big part of that!

  17. BBN
    9:46 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    #15: There is nothing legendary or historic about Rupp Arena. To think otherwise is delusional. What makes Rupp famous is the events that have taken place there and the people involved, not the 1970’s facility.

  18. shendo
    2:57 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    truebluefan4ever…i’m confused. elvis’ home is not in nashville. it’s in memphis. i’m having a hard time understanding your point.