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Mayor Gray discusses Rupp renovation on KSR

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Mayor Jim Gray was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Friday morning to discuss the Rupp Arena renovation, one of the hottest topics in Lexington these days. Matt did not hesitate to bring up his frustrations and concerns with the project during the interview, which led to an interesting debate with Mayor Gray and Ryan Lemond cowering in the corner of the studio.

If you missed it on Friday, you can listen to the interview here:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Mayor Gray discusses Rupp renovation on KSR



  1. Melvin
    1:18 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    This arena plan is like Victorian Square on steroids. Help us all.



  2. jhnny
    1:41 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure why Matt is so worried about putting a corporate name on Rupp. It really means nothing to me. I also think its a bit obtuse to bash Lexington for taking advantage of the financial opportunities that a packed Rupp Arena brings to downtown Lexington. And the idea of moving to an on campus arena would absolutely KILL downtown Lexington. That isn’t good for UK either.

    Having said that, I like that Matt is holding everyone’s feet to the fire.



  3. What a great day!!
    2:01 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I just wanted to say what a great day it is.
    I love turning the channels and watching the constant crying
    of these liberal commentators over the verdict.
    Non stop crying like a bunch 5 year olds.
    I LOVE HISPANICS AND AMERICA!

    GO CATS!!



  4. KSRgraduateschool
    2:14 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    One crucial point that Matt is missing on the Arena naming issue when referencing all the other traditional programs and their areas/stadiums is those aren’t PUBLICLY owned/operated arenas. Alabama football, Notre Dame football, Duke, UNC, Indiana basketball, et. al. are all university owned (and funded) facilities. To me Matt’s argument is akin to a 16 year old complaining about the brand new car that his father just purchased for him. The city and state are willing to build a newly rennovated Rupp for a TENNENT and there those who would complain about the name. If UK wants control over the name of the arena (like all the other traditional models he’s referenceing) then UK can fund, build, and play in an arena they own like those other models. It’s that simple. Don’t complain about the new cadilac that Lexington is going to build for you.



  5. asdf
    2:14 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I hate politician speak. My head is spinning and I still don’t feel like we got any honest and clear answers from the mayor. Please mayor just be straight forward with us and quit dancing around the questions.



  6. WhoPaysForIt
    2:42 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The renovations need to be paid for in some way. Where will the revenue come from if not from rent collected, and sponsorships.

    Maximizing rent means we have to more fully utilize the facility by increasing usage, or increase the amount we are asking of those that currently utilize the facility.

    Maximizing sponsorships means we need to sell the Arena naming rights.

    What is the best option?

    1. Charge more rent to UK and other tenants.
    2. Increase building usage (possibly/likely at the expense of UK access to the facilities).
    3. Increase advertising revenues through increased corporate sponsorships.

    To pay for these renovations, the committee will likely require all of the above. I think the KFC Yum center is generating about $5million / year through corporate sponsorships. If you don’t maximize the sponsorship revenue stream, you will have to make up for it somewhere.

    Personally, I would rather let the corporate members pay for what they want to pay for even if that means there will be a hyphenated name.



  7. UKBlue
    2:46 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    This guy must not like being the mayor; he was a freaking disaster & this Rupp reinovation will get himĀ kickedĀ out of office ! He really said NOTHING, skirted answers, was unprepared, tried to control the interview by talking over Matt, and last Wednesday press conference could have been in a press release. This committee doesn’t care what fans think, are going to try steamrolling this thing thru, and they will sell the namings rights whether we like it or not. They should really get an idea how much this is going to cost & the rev sources before throwing this naming rights issue out. This should tell you, they did this to test the waters, get people prepared for it, because this name change will happen.



  8. jq
    3:36 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Glad he is the mayor of Lexington for we have enough BULLSHIT in Western Kentucky, after all Behears is from the step-child region.



  9. Krispy Kreme
    4:14 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares if there is a corporate name? Build a nice stadium. Matt, you do good work but you talk over your callers. I eventually get tired and stop listening.



  10. thelmalouise
    5:29 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The Mayor has a duty to the Lexington/Fayette taxpayers as well as the taxpayers of the Commonwealth since it is assumed that TIF (sales tax rebates) will be used if approved by the general assembly. I think it would be a breach of his fiduciary duty not to seek a revenue stream for naming rights for Rupp Arena. I usually agree with Matt but I thought Matt came off as disrespectful in this interview.



  11. iamthebobcat
    6:41 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Matt:
    Do you really thing the mayor is intimidated with “I am going to hold you to it” rhetoric? Hold him to what? So if the “reinvented” Rupp Arena ends up with a corportae name attached what exactly are you “holding” him accountable for?



  12. tuxedo park
    7:58 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    You really think they’d have a regular schlub on the freaking board for this thing? No way. Nbbj will design a modern and beautiful arena. You think the fan base wants that? Sounds like most are fine with Rupp now and it looks like a damn hangar. Let the professionals do their jobs. We’ll thank them for it when it’s all said and done.



  13. UK56Always
    9:12 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Just build it to last, build it with style, and make sure it doesn’t LOSE money like the BUM center!



  14. Truth
    9:17 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The mayor is freaking huge. He’ll kick cars and blow up crap with his hands. Look at dat noggin.



  15. Ho Lee Fuk
    9:58 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The city nor the state have the money to pay for this project. So the money will have to come from some where else. Before Lexington creates a problem like Louisville has with the YUM CENTER, they should explain where the money for this project is coming from, and what the cost is. There is no way I would trust Jim Gray with this project after his KSR interview last week.