Earlier this week Lexington mayor Jim Grey put out a call for fans to submit their favorite Rupp Arena memories. Today over on Kentucky.com the Good Doctor Jerry Tipton took a look at some of the responses and offered up this reasoning for the question call:
“Maybe the call for memories is a means to evoke a charming touch Gray saw on a tour of what was then called Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (it’s now Bankers Life Fieldhouse for those keeping score on naming rights). Iconic photos and headlines adorned the walls of the concourses and gave a shiny new building a bit of nostaglia.”
So if that is the case, that the redesigned Rupp will feature pictures and highlights of the top Rupp moments instead of the drab gray that now fills the halls, what memory would you like to pass by on the way to watch a game? Here are some of the favorites Jerry picked out:
Like Gray’s idea of an entertainment district, his call for memories of Rupp Arena involves more than UK basketball. Rupp has also been home to numerous Sweet 16 tournaments, concerts, circuses and graduation ceremonies.
Gray wants to hear all the memories. A bespectacled middle-aged (?) sportswriter and his future wife had their first date at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Rupp Arena.
So far, the memories posted predictably include game-winning shots by Rajon Rondo and John Wall against South Carolina and Miami (Ohio), respectively. Anthony Davis‘ block against John Henson to preserve a victory over North Carolina was an early entry.
There’s also been an irreverent memory of the ill-fated Billy Gillispie error.
“My favorite Rupp memory was Nov 7, 2007,” Bill Lacy posted. “That was the night Gardner Webb upset Kentucky 84-68. Go Billy!!!”
Here are some of my picks for memories that should be inluded
- MKG cramming on Portland
- 1985 National Championship
- Video Boards with the following Videos on repeat: Prince’s five threes, Antoine Walker’s shimmy.
- John Cena keeping the championship at Backlash
- Huge pictures of the ice cream cones.
- A jersey from every high school state champion for the Sweet 16.
What would you like to see? Basketball season is only a month away!