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Rupp Arena renovation project expected to move forward today

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According to the Herald-Leader, the Urban County Council is expected to approve two measures that would give the city of Lexington $2.5 million in state money to begin the planning and design phase of the Rupp Arena district project. The council will vote on the measures this afternoon.

Once the city has the money, they can start accepting bids and hire architects and project managers. Frank Butler, the project director for the Rupp district project, told the council this week that three consulting firms have already started doing preliminary work.

Just in case you need a reminder, here are the renderings we’ve already seen of what a renovated Rupp could look like.

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No word yet on the running horses.

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22 Comments for Rupp Arena renovation project expected to move forward today



  1. JP
    11:08 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Wow – no comments?
    Tough crowd.



  2. Person #2
    11:12 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    That would be amazing if that’s the results!



  3. CATS
    11:13 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    No Big Bertha???? Blasphemy 😉 Hahahaha
    Looks pretty Sweet to me! GO BIG BLUUUEEEE!!!!!!!!!



  4. Smitty
    11:14 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    They need to find some way to keep the speakers… Maybe not in the arena iteslf but maybe hanging in the concourse.



  5. truBLU
    11:27 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    You all can’t see me but I just made my O face



  6. Tumtateedlytumtatoo
    11:37 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    BOOGY WOOGY BOOM DI BLAH!!!



  7. Cal's Pal
    11:48 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Where’s the new RJ Corman Train garage? Doesn’t much of that property belong to him?…The rich get richer.



  8. Chipper
    11:48 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    UK should display its national championship banners apart from runner-up and final four banners and not wait for remodeling to do so. Actually, since UK is all about championships, why not display only national championship banners?



  9. uh
    11:50 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Uh is something on fire middle right in that last photo



  10. Bluebloodtoo
    11:53 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    WHAT?! There will be random wild horses running around the new rupp arena complex!? That should save on landscape maintenance costs, but who is going to pick up all that natural fertilizer?



  11. Scotty
    12:03 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    9- Yea, that is right next to POT on UK’s campus. I am thinking that Kennedy’s went up in flames or something.



  12. Pony Boy
    12:06 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    You would be heroic if you rode a white stallion with a blue mane up to Rupp



  13. ryry
    12:07 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    This makes the yum look like a juco gym! Dont forget to rip out the bleachers and put in some nice comfy seats!!



  14. StuckAtWork
    12:08 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    2.5 mil for planning and design? Shoot let me get out my pencil and doodle pad! I could use 2.5 myself 😛



  15. jengland
    12:12 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    the aerial photo may have been taken when the admin building went up in flames. i am still waiting for a rendering program that accurately renders all the litter scattered in lexington



  16. slimflannery
    12:19 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Since it is daylight, we know it can’t be couches aflame during the celebration…



  17. Steve
    12:20 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    That “fire” is from the UK Coal plant that powers all of UK. It sits right in between where Limestone splits into limestone and upper.

    Source: I live right by it.



  18. David
    12:21 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    The smoke is coming from the Physical Plant at the Limestone/Upper “Y” south of Pazzos/Kennedy’s.



  19. playersfan
    1:16 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I hope for that money they will add more seats, so more fans can go, leave off the private bars and flashing lights, just make it a great place for college basketball players and fans.



  20. Catsfan5
    2:27 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    How many is it supposed to seat?



  21. bluemanchewc
    3:55 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    memory escapes me about capacity does anyone know will they all be seats or some bleachers how many boxes



  22. Schneid52
    10:50 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    If you paint a turd gold it is still a turd isn’t it? The person saying this would be better than Yum center clearly has brain damage of some sort. Little blue is green with envy….LOL!