Gary Bates of Space Group believes Rupp Arena could be reinvented if the Lexington Convention Center is moved. Space Group is the architecture and urban planning firm chosen by the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force’s Planning and Design Committee. Bates, one of the firm’s founders, presented the option of relocating the Lexington Convention Center in order to expand and renovate Rupp Arena. Building a new Lexington Convention Center would be a lot easier than building a brand new arena, so the idea is attractive if Space Group can really put a solid plan together.
Bates believes it is very important to maintain Rupp Arena’s history. He “gets it” – as Coach Cal would say.
My only suggestion for the committee is to keep those ice cream cones in Rupp Arena. Whether Rupp stays or a new facility is constructed, they have to keep those ice cream cones.