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Reinvented Rupp Details

Yes, those are real horses

Last night we posted the pictures of the proposes designs for a renovated Rupp Arena, but we didn’t have any details. The Herald Leader has more information on what those involved hope will become a building with the “power of an icon”. Here are some of the biggest changes:

– Rupp Arena seating would increase slightly with the renovation. Metal bleachers would be replaced by chair-back seats. There would be wider concourses and more restrooms. (Architectural Consultant Gary) Bates said there would be some premium boxes, but he did not give a specific number.

– Fans would enter the arena from the Main Street side into a large lobby with space to mingle before and after games. Two large blue escalators would take them to the second-floor concourse to enter the arena.

– Large video screens would be mounted so people outside the arena could see the game, “increasing the sense of inclusion,” Bates said. “If you don’t have a ticket, if you’re not one of the lucky few, you can still be part of the experience. You can still join in pre-game events. You can still be outside and watch on large screens.” The transparency of the walls “increases the fan base, the sense of pride, a sense of belonging,” Bates said.

– Throughout the arena would be state-of-the-art sound and video systems, including a drop-down scoreboard suspended over the basketball floor.

– To visually and psychologically connect the University of Kentucky campus more closely with the arena, a request by the university’s athletics department, Bates proposed a Catwalk, basically a procession route from campus to Rupp that would go from Euclid Avenue down South Limestone to Maxwell Street, then west on Maxwell to the High Street parking lot in front of Lexington Center. It would cut through a parking lot to the arena.

The reinvented Rupp and new convention center carry a price tag of about $260 million.

Article written by Matthew Hays

46 Comments for Reinvented Rupp Details



  1. RidgeRunner
    1:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    It looks great. Lets do this!



  2. nassau65
    1:21 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    yep, let ‘er happen



  3. Elian Gonzales
    1:21 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is anyone else concerned that there will be wild horses running around in Downtown Lexington when this thing is done?



  4. Catfan24
    1:25 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    3. Hahahaha



  5. SeoulCat
    1:26 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #3 I was worried about that too….well, that and the fact that the rest of downtown will have to be leveled in order for the above picture to happen.

    Other than those small concerns, it looks great!



  6. 193
    1:26 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    MORE seating? I like it! That was my only concern. Let’s do it!



  7. majestic
    1:34 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    i think the horses look majestic… almost like unicorns… bring it on!



  8. Arch Intern
    1:37 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Seating is the biggest issue. Unless the risers are expanded, no way will capacity increase with the addition of seats.

    Number of Luxury Boxes is a HUGE issue as well. Without significant increase in revenue (lots luxury boxes), what’s the point?



  9. Hoss_Cat
    1:40 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    260 million to renovate rupp compared to a brand new yum center that costed 238 million? I’m confused



  10. Hoss_Cat
    1:47 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    the yum center cost 238 million for a brand new facilty, but we’d pay 260 mil to renovate rupp. I’m confused



  11. Nora
    1:49 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is this why they destroyed triangle park?? I’m stuck in NC. Keep me posted!! Go Cats!!



  12. lipper
    1:50 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    9) if your figures are correct…great point! wtf?



  13. big tim
    2:07 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    9 thats rupp and a new convention center



  14. Meangreen
    2:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    How much will ticket prices go up after this? I can barely afford to go to a game as it is.



  15. Baffled
    2:10 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    What are the odds this actually happens? I mean, it looks and sounds incredible, but I am incredibly skeptical.



  16. Todd
    2:12 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    The $260 million renovation figure refers to renovating Rupp, recreating the convention center and the other goodies. I believe the actual renovation of Rupp would be $130 million or so.



  17. big tim
    2:14 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    9 that renovated rupp and a new convention center just not rupp



  18. sean
    2:18 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    why not increase the capacity more then “slightly”, i went to the game vs uofL last year and i hate to say it but it was louder then rupp arena, why not make new rupp nosier



  19. Gasoline Draws
    2:38 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    They were originally going to have wildcats running around but replaced it with horses…safety issue.



  20. BigBlue1976
    2:43 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    13 is right. I think the price on Rupp itself is around 150 million.



  21. BBN
    3:00 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    The student capacity in rupp will increase so the atmosphere will improve



  22. sean
    3:02 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    we could bring 30 thousand for a big game if the prices are the same as they are now



  23. Sheeeeeiiit
    3:02 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Who is in charge of this deal, Nucky Tompson?



  24. Hoss_Cat
    3:04 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #13 thanks for the info. i was baffled at first



  25. Jason
    3:09 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Jock the cards much?
    2 big elevators
    An enclosed walk all the way to the stadium thru the city

    Looks like one day you can be like your little brother who grew bigger than you



  26. BBN
    3:10 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    increase the student capacity so a better atmosphere is gained.. more students closer to the floor



  27. Viren
    3:33 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I was looking for something about ‘student section’ in the write up but not a DAMN word of how they are going to include students for a great college atmosphere. I like the idea of renovation if we can keep the same name Rupp Arena but I wish they would do something about the student section.

    RUPP ARENA NEEDS A TRUE STUDENT SECTION. PERIOD. END OF STORY. NO IFS AND BUTS. JUST DO IT. LIKE NIKE SLOGAN JUST DO IT.



  28. NYCWildcat
    4:20 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I want little wildcat jockeys on the horse statues outside.



  29. CA UKFAN
    5:11 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Build it now!



  30. Sittin' Bull
    5:39 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Catwalk? Do these people realize basketball in KY is played in the dead of winter?! They will screw this thing up. I have no confidence.



  31. ukfan
    5:51 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    most students aren’t real fans they just go to school there and most games don’t get loud just stand there and go to the games to be seen. NOT ALL STUDENS but a lot of students is that way.



  32. Night Life
    5:54 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ nap time…



  33. Fort Worth Cats Fan
    5:56 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #3. Excellent point. The latent point apparently is, “Wild horses can’t stop this project”. Some of us wonder if Richie’s son will start by the time this project is a wrap?



  34. BigKitty
    6:10 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I like how some of you say either this or that can’t happen (such as expanded seating, etc.). Are you guy’s architects or engineers? Didn’t think so, so shut up. It’s their job to do what, seemingly, is impossible and make it happen.



  35. Jthoun
    6:26 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Boy I sure hope they can round the lower level corners. Nothing worse than a silver back having to sit there with their neck turned for 40 minutes.



  36. Zep
    6:28 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    POWERS of College Basketball.IU,KU,Duke charming little gyms.UNC and UofL have nice upgraded arena’s.

    UK is bigger now,and will only grow.



  37. UKGrad04
    6:42 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    …starting to win me over.



  38. Madtex
    7:41 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    UK has a basketball team? Hmmmm…..



  39. RickyPVoodooDoll
    7:58 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Ticket prices will go up alot



  40. BigBlueBrock
    8:25 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Ticket prices will go up with or without a renovated/new arena.



  41. JAB
    8:37 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know if it will remain named Rupp Arena? They won’t sell naming rights, will they?



  42. BigBlueBrock
    8:44 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    It will remain Rupp Arena.



  43. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:58 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    How much would it cost to have Government removed from the equation?



  44. Jack Demsey
    9:20 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    30: It’s Kentucky. Not Alaska. What’s with all the hate? You on your period or something?



  45. My car
    11:25 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Where the hell am I going to be while my owner is at the game?? They put a bunch of white buildings in the main parking lot and the other one is grass and a creek…



  46. 98runt
    11:55 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    looks familiar