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Barnhart: Rupp Arena name “too iconic” to sell


If you were worried that today’s news that Commonwealth Stadium will be renamed Kroger Field may mean that Rupp Arena’s naming rights could one day be up for sale, then this next quote I’m about to share will be comforting. After today’s press conference, athletics director Mitch Barnhart told reporters that Rupp Arena is too iconic of a venue to sell its naming rights.

While Rupp belongs to the Lexington Center Corporation (LCC), not UK, in the latest contact to keep UK Athletics in the building for the next 15 years, both sides did agree to keep “Rupp Arena” the name; however, LCC can (and probably will) sell the naming rights to the adjacent convention center. So, for instance, should a company like Alltech buy the naming rights to the convention center, Rupp could be called “Rupp Arena at Alltech Center.” (H/t to Jen Smith for looking that up.)

So, rest easy. For at least the next 15 years (or however long UK stays at Rupp), the Rupp Arena name is safe.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Barnhart: Rupp Arena name “too iconic” to sell

  1. abgunz
    2:10 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    Commonwealth Stadium is too iconic for sell, too.

    • bluetide
      2:48 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      Why?? What good has ever come out of it? 4 titles have originated outta Rupp since it opened!!!

  2. jaws2
    4:05 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

    It’s “iconic” until someone comes up with enough cash to change it. It’s all about the money these days friends.
    Why couldn’t this be Kroger Commonwealth Stadium? How tough is that?

    • dballrb
      5:11 pm May 1, 2017 Permalink

      jaws2 is right.When the 0s become large enough nothing is “iconic”,except for the financial disclosure.