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Big Bertha came down today


Today, we said goodbye to a Rupp Arena icon. Big Bertha, the 12,000 lbs. sound system that hangs in the center of Rupp, was lowered for the final time this afternoon. Bertha has been in place since Rupp opened in 1976 and will be replaced by a new center-hung video scoreboard, which will be a much-needed upgrade; however, even I’ll admit there was something a little bittersweet about seeing the pictures of Bertha coming down one last time.

Director of Arena Management Carl Hall told WKYT the Lexington Center plans to keep a part of Big Bertha for a display, while the rest of it may be sold off to interested companies. Personally, I think it would make a really cool fountain if you turned it upside down.


Here’s video of her final descent:

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4 Comments for Big Bertha came down today

  1. david8577
    4:46 pm May 9, 2016 Permalink

    I think we should make it Drew’s alarm clock.

  2. RealCatsFan
    5:19 pm May 9, 2016 Permalink

    Louisville already did the fountain concept with the now scrapped Louisville Falls Carp Launcher. While it looked OK at night, that thing was an absolute eyesore during the daylight, especially when it started to rust. And it broke down more than a 1988 Yugo.

  3. cats42301
    7:14 pm May 9, 2016 Permalink

    I sure would like to buy it for the discotheque I am opening in downtown Harlan. That would be awesome for sure! Talk about suround sound that thing 150.1HD Dolby digital!

  4. ukblue22
    8:42 am May 10, 2016 Permalink

    That photo shopped photo though. I thought only UL wanted things that squirt?