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Fun Times with the New Rupp renderings

With Darius’ monster performance in last night’s game lingering in the air and new uniforms putting everyone in a tizzy, it seems like forever since the renderings for the interior of New Rupp were released. Sadly, this nerd is still laughing at them, and because I like to laugh with others, I wanted to point out my favorite parts:

Interior:

Concourse:

Here are more features of New Rupp from Lexington Mayor Jim Gray:

– 800 to 1,000 new lower arena seats
– Reconstruction of the upper arena with all chair-back seats
– New 8-sided center-hung scoreboard
– New wireless technology (Live Blog FTW)
– Premium seating
– Enlarged concourses
– Additional restrooms
– New entry at Triangle Park

*According to my sources, this fella most closely resembles a “Scout trooper,” which is a light-armored variant of the Imperial stormtrooper. Nerd alert!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

51 Comments for Fun Times with the New Rupp renderings



  1. Blue Iris
    4:09 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    What you never saw a storm trooper on a segway?



  2. HugoCabrera
    4:11 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Chimpanzee riding on a segway. YouTube it.



  3. Lincoln Park
    4:13 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, a Scout Trooper from the Forest Moon of Endore



  4. JoeMoney333
    4:13 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #1… Scout Trooper… Obviously the preferred method of travel on the forest moon of Endor.. Segways..



  5. Matt's Barber
    4:14 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Did someone tell the Hyatt that they won’t exist anymore. This is silly. Will not work in the space they have.



  6. HugoCabrera
    4:15 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Also, banners should be in ascending order from left to right as you look at them, not descending left to right. Just saying.

    And finally, no retired jerseys? Decided to go with banners with multiple small circles!?! This will not do. See Commonwealth “Ring of Honor” disaster.

    Yay for complaints!



  7. wicked
    4:17 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Please fix the auto play !!



  8. theTruth
    4:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Does the banners at the very top on the left read “Wildcat Thunder”?



  9. theTruth
    4:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    do the…



  10. Hoosier Wild Cat
    4:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line we need a NEW one!! No more hiking trails and other BS. We are Kentucky Basketball. This is not some small time program. THEY, who ever decides, have not ask anyone for money. They would be shocked at the amount of money fans would give. Sell some bonds we will buy them. We don’t need to be stuck having home games in some small gym or in Loserville for a year while Rupp is brought up to to 1990 standards.



  11. She's Just...Too Old...
    4:19 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, how old were you when you released the original Rupp Arena design pics?



  12. Ryan
    4:24 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    That storm trooper is actually a cop in the future; by the time Rupp is renovated, the national security state will have progressed to such an extent that the po-po will be that militarized. In fact, I’ve already seen some Pigs riding on segways in the NKY area (Highland Heights/Cold Springs).



  13. UKFanInCincy
    4:25 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing i care about is if it will have new HD Cameras or not?????



  14. Nancy Pelosi has 4 eyebrows
    4:26 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with # 7!



  15. minton
    4:29 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like there are only 9 players and 3 refs on the court.



  16. Me
    4:29 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    BIG waste of money!

    UK will NOT make more money in a ‘newer looking’ arena.

    5* players are already knocking down the door.

    All the ‘fancyness’ of a ‘newer looking’ arean will not translate via tv.

    Food prices at the yum center are CRAZY, I can only expect Rupp’s food prices to sky rocket as well.



  17. Dooba
    4:30 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    If you look at the blown up picture you can see we’re playing Kansas… and there’s just over a minute left in the 4th quarter?



  18. Me
    4:30 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah, fix the auto play.

    What, have all the kids left for the day. (kids would know how to fix the problem)



  19. Bledsoe's Biceps
    4:30 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    That’s not a storm or scout trooper. It’s the new ELITE school mascot clones from Nike. All schools will have one in their school colors. The platinum version is still being designed.



  20. Smokey
    4:31 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    where are mah creeks and streams



  21. NotChrisThomas
    4:44 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    outstanding Ty. behind Scout Trooper appears to be two teens in a Jordache commercial, doing the look-over-the-shoulder pose



  22. MarketingAnalyst
    4:46 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    They should only allow people who sit in the lower arena the chance to buy real meat hot dogs.



  23. WKU Hilltopper
    4:50 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Are those pictures of players around the top by the roof? That would be pretty cool to see cut-outs of the legends of Kentucky around the roof. Don’t think anyone else has done. Just think it would add to the tradition that is Kentucky Basketball.



  24. WKU Hilltopper
    4:51 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I also think both endzones should be student sections.



  25. Peyt
    4:58 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I guess the “scoreboard” in the top left doesn’t actually get to keep score, only player stats!?



  26. why?
    5:02 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #5 why would the Hyatt not exist anymore? The plan has nothing to do with the Hyatt… In fact if anything they are improving the Hyatt…



  27. jmet80
    5:05 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Also missing besides the 2011 final four is the 2012 National Championship Banner for this year



  28. James K
    5:09 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Oh my God… the Storm Trooper on a Segway LITERALLY made me spit my drink out.



  29. shimsky
    5:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #16—you are 100% right



  30. ricdix
    5:29 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    In the future, Kansas must be serving a NCAA punishment…. The bench is empty. Short on scholly’s?



  31. Lee
    5:30 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Also missing 2012 championship banner.



  32. expatkyfan
    5:43 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I know they are adding seats in the lower arena, but I haven’t seen them say they are not reducing capacity overall. And those boxes are not small people. If they reduce overall capacity that would be a huge mistake. That is a signature of our program. Maybe they are literally raising the roof?



  33. this is a post?
    5:54 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah crazy people with a storm trooper on a segway. That is so crazy. I remember this one time at band camp we talked about storm troopers on a segway and it was so crazy I almost spit out of my tuba.



  34. GapToothDanny
    6:13 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Nice, but I didn’t see cigar guy or looter dude
    GTD



  35. Rupp in a wife beater
    6:31 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    To #16: 5* players are coming for Cal. Not for UK (Exhibit A is Gillispie’s recruiting prowess at said university). The revenue streams will translate to more money to UK via luxury box money and a better deal to capture the parking, vending, licensing, etc. If ya’ll think UK is going to stand by and let UL rake in that money without matching then ya’ll are naive in may view. UK has to upgrade for image, revenue, TV appeal and to be worthy of their rightful place on top of the college basketball world.



  36. StandUp
    6:35 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how they have everyone standing up. That never happens in Rupp. Maybe they should just take all the seats out so the real fans will show up.



  37. ukwildcats
    6:46 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    26. He’s saying there’s not enough room to do all this stuff. Using the Hyatt to exaggerate to make a point…



  38. ukwildcats
    6:50 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    There’s also a 3rd section of banners you can’t read. It’s towards the middle of the picture from the right side. And the championship banners are totally blocking half the upper deck.



  39. I'll hang up and listen...
    7:00 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Where are the red ventilation ducts? They sure do need a good dusting. And the lower level corners need to be rounded, makes my neck hurt looking to the side.



  40. Cardinals
    7:00 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    They are also talking about still having games there while the renovation is taking place. If this happens it will be the dumbest thing they could do. The renovations are costing half of what it would cost to make a whole new arena. Why not just double their budget and make a brand new Arena? The renovations look nice, but the whole concept is just pointless and makes no sense. Adding boxes and backed seats to the top would just reduce the capacity that Rupp holds, which would just be idiotic. I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t just spend more money and make a brand new one.



  41. Brandon
    7:49 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    27 and 31: I came to make the same comment but you beat me to it 🙂



  42. Rixter
    8:03 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    the 2012 National Championship banner is missing, too.



  43. Bearded Guy
    9:18 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Where am I?



  44. Pcefrog5
    10:34 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why are the ribbon boards purple and not blue???? This is Kentucky where everything
    has to be blue and white. First is platnium uniforms and now this…..there is nothing
    to live for anymore



  45. DowntownShown
    11:00 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is a great plan. Reminds me of MSG when I was there for UK vs. KU. Great venue to watch a game, as is RUPP now, but even better. Wide open spaces, wider concourses, seat-backs, suites, etc. Rupp is dated and needs upgrades. Seating is horrible, esp. in upper arena when you are sitting in someone’s lap. This is modeled after big time arenas in the U.S., ….WE ARE BIG TIME….and deserve the BEST. Hater’s shut the @#ck up….



  46. DowntownShown
    11:11 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is this Cameron Indoor, or Phog-Allen, i.e. Duke or Kansas, that hold 14,000? No, this is UK, that holds 24,000+. So don’t go there with the tradition b.s and we need to keep our Rupp Arena and other schools are still playing in their old arenas…..they are still playing there for a reason….and it’s not due to atmosphere



  47. Build it already
    12:19 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Some young photoShop wiz has a good time doing those pictures.



  48. GummyBear
    9:24 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    No one even mentioned that we are wearing white jerseys with blue pants. We must have really packed it in for the blue-white game that year.



  49. Clone Trooper
    10:01 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    I am not a storm trooper on a segway. I am a CLONE TROOPER on a segway!



  50. The Captain
    10:52 am January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is the poster in the stairway of a wildcat putting a head lock on a cardinal?



  51. Kymedicineman
    12:33 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, Is that Spock on the steps? Live Long and Prosper UK!!