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Mayor Gray announces two new ways fans can get involved with Rupp renovation

Lexington mayor Jim Gray stopped by Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to tell UK basketball fans two new ways they can get involved in the planning process of a new Rupp Arena. His first announcement is a public meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom prior to the Mississippi State game next week, Wednesday, January 8 at 4:00 p.m. Stop by before your pregame routine and let your voice be heard. The event will be live-streamed.

Fans can also get involved by taking the new fan experience survey at RuppDistrict.com. Click here to head over to the survey to rate the current conditions of Rupp Arena and give suggestions for improvement.

Thanks to Mayor Gray for coming on the show with two new ways to let the fans in on the process.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Mayor Gray announces two new ways fans can get involved with Rupp renovation



  1. Interest
    10:50 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Is anyone out there as bored with College Football Bowl games as I am. Seriously, the college bowl game system is like watching paint dry. I can’t stand to what this stuff.



    • PhilUK18
      11:09 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, I’m probably every bit as bored as you are with it. I mainly just watch the BCS games and the bigger bowls (Cotton, Alamo, etc), but they’ve just been boring this year. Stanford and MSU was lame, I would think Bama is just going to crush Oklahoma, and I think FSU is going to destroy Auburn (who could very easily be a 3 loss team) too.



    • 6 and 6
      11:16 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

      Not sure I’d be interested in UK playing with a 6 and 6 record. I agree this is just bad football played by teams that are no longer interested. Maybe if they played only players coming back next year that would increase the interest.



  2. UKBlue
    10:54 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

    This should be a lot of fun; like trying to herd a room full of wet cats. Dawahare sweater wearing, sit down crochet blue hairs don’t get a vote !!

    Rupp needs so much help, it’s like where to begin.



  3. Ron
    11:37 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Since all of the blue hairs and moneyed folks will soon be in suites how about a “ring of fire” for Rupp which are lower level seats near the floor of the most rabid fans all the way around the court maybe 3-4 rows deep. fans will have to submit to a lottery, camping out, very limited select criteria so those closest to the floor will be very vocal.



  4. tyrus
    12:20 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    I like the mayor but the idea is just a way of pacifying the fans. The goal is to generate more money for UK and the Civic Center. Changing seating arrangements isn’t going to bring in additional revenue. College sports are a big business that needs more and more cash each year to stay relevant. Adhering to what big donors, Civic Center and corporations want is the main focus. That’s way you will see at some point the renaming of the arena.



  5. WoogedyBoogie
    12:44 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    May need to confirm the time of this event… my email invite to this meeting says it is taking place between 6-7 pm, not 4:00.



  6. Dr. Tom
    1:02 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Need chair-back comfortable seats for us common folks. Every seat in the Dean Smith Center is comfortable.
    I just didn’t understanding the Stanford play-calling yesterday for their last series with two minutes to play. I guess I was spoiled by watching the A&M game the night before but running four consecutive running plays up the middle that ended their chances with a mighty thud…that was very odd to say the least!! I thought Stanford’s coach was supposed to be brilliant.



  7. tom
    1:03 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Coincidental that Mayor appears on KSR when Matt is not there? Given the tone of the interview the last time he was on (ie discussion of Rupp Arena naming rights etc) it wouldn’t surprise me



  8. Logan
    5:20 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Someone ask Mr. Gray how he justifies paying for Rupp renovations while continuing to underfund the pensions of retired police and firefighters of his own city. Someone ask why retired Lexington policemen and firemen are now paying for their own healthcare costs, despite being promised healthcare for life when they started their jobs. The pension plan is currently underfunded by 257 million dollars, and Mr. Gray and Lexington are currently being sued for more. The city has met its required pension contributions 3 times since 1989, and all 3 were a result of being sued by our police officers and fire fighters. Its time to demand that our first responders are given what they were promised, and what they deserve. Perhaps if Mr. Gray fought fires and crime as vehemently as he fights resolving this debt, Lexington would be the city we all want it to be . The budget CANNOT be balanced on the backs of the people who risked their lives and bodies to protect ours. I think myself, and the rest of the Big Blue Nation, can go without high-def video screens and seat backs until the mayor and the city resolve this debt.



  9. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:36 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    To pay its bond obligation the Louisville YUM center needs to have 200 events every year. It has about 100 events a year now. So, how many events would the “new RUPP” need a year to pay its bond obligation on this project? If the city does not know that, or want to tell the people of KY, who will have to pay for it, this crazy project should be killed. Like has been covered over, and over, the state and the city do not have money for this project.



  10. Alex
    11:12 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Probably one big thing I would want as a fan would be where the student section is located they need to move the student section/ student tickets in the upper deck into the lower arena and make the Eruption Zone like the Cameron Crazies or the Orange Crush at Illinois or even how they do things at Michigan State, we need an environment like that the students need to be involved way more maybe put them behind the visitors bench or something. Also maybe add some type of Kentucky memorabilia/trophy case as you walk into Rupp to show all the tradition and achievements that this program has.