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What Memories Would You Like To See Go Into The Rupp Redesign?

Earlier this week Lexington mayor Jim Grey put out a call for fans to submit their favorite Rupp Arena memories. Today over on 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!

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24 Comments for What Memories Would You Like To See Go Into The Rupp Redesign?

  1. Richmond Bramblet
    2:37 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    If anything is to be shown from Backlash 2006, it’s the sunset flip power bomb that Shelton Benjamin hit on RVD to the outside. See:

  2. Ridge Runner
    2:43 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    The first game: Nov. 27, 1976, we played host to the Wisconsin Badgers in the first official game played at the Arena. With five players scoring in double figures, led by Rick Robey’s 13 points, UK was able to outlast Wisconsin 72-64 to open the Rupp Arena Era with a win.

  3. Ridge Runner
    2:46 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    In my 2 comment above… specifically a bronze plaque of that box score would be cool. That would be appropriate. Where it started…

  4. Alan B
    2:49 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    ridge, nice one

  5. Mark
    2:52 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    After watching that football game last night, is it time for Basketball yet? At least this is talking about Rupp Arena. My memories go back to when we used to camp out for tickets in the 70’s. LYNYRD SKYNYRD just before the plane crash. Front row, seat 20 and 21. My guitar player, Steve Wasson plugged his Marshall in at the gas station across the street at 1am and shook the glass panels of the Hyatt until the police came :). Saw a bunch of concerts there. Then I remember inherriting my lower level basketball tickets. Enjoyed Row N seats 36 and 37 for years until they decided to charge an additional $1000 per seat. Guess some rich person got them after that. Couldn’t afford almost $3000 per season. Did I mention, is it basketball season yet?

  6. Name Withheld Upon Request*
    3:03 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    My brother and I and two twin girls from Madisonville went to a Billy Joel concert there in 1976 when a tornado hit outside and all the power went out. We got locked in the lobby area with the band after the concert and had a hell of a time. Anybody else remember that night?

  7. idontflinch
    3:07 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    To me, a last second shot to beat a crappy team is not a fond memory so Wall’s game winner against Miami shouldn’t be up there.

    The game where UK smoked #1 Florida should be, though. That was a great game.

    AD’s block on John Henson when a super young UK team beat a veteran UNC squad should be, too.

    And definitely a Rex Chapman break away dunk.

  8. Nostalgia
    3:18 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    How about some Thoroughblades memorabilia? I remember dancing in the aisles at every game I went to, working hard to earn that spotlight!

  9. serdi
    3:24 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I would like to see them incorporate the flat ceiling and inset lights of Memorial Coliseum into the “new” Rupp Arena. For those of us who were privledged to see UK play in the best basketball arena and setting ever when it was in the configuration used for the home game site of the Men’s team, prior to 1978, flat ceiling was unique, the lighting was totally on the court with the stands for the most part being in the dark or dimly lit. For those of us who had a chance to ever play on that floor, it was the best shooting background ever. If you want true Kentucky history blended into the “new” arena, honor the best arena UK ever played in by putting a Memorial Coliseum ceiling and lights into its design.

  10. Amanda
    3:34 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I would like to see something from when we beat Louisville in Rupp in 2001. Pitino’s first year at Louisville.

  11. YankeeCpt
    3:38 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    this is a link to Yankee Stadium Great Hall photographs. I think it should look something like this (with UK moments):

    I would also like to see things like the video boards throughout playing historic Kentucky games.
    Another thing I would like to see is a restaurant that is open year round that over see’s the court that is open year round (whether it be a Hard Rock Cafe or a Kentucky Wildcat’s Clubhouse)

  12. Great Post
    3:38 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    serdi, fantastic post! I hope someone listens to your insights.

  13. UK fan in Az
    3:42 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq spiking the basketball out of frustration when the Unforgettables beat LSU.

  14. rushman
    3:49 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Sam Bowie alleyooping on the Ville, Dwight Anderson flushing it against Kansas,

  15. Kenton Hale
    3:56 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Theres always the thoroughblades and lorenzen in the arena football

  16. BlaineMan
    4:54 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Basketball season is over 2 months away chief.

  17. Tyler
    5:47 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Jodie Meeks and 54 point game. Noel and his 11 blocks.

  18. Bart Edwards
    6:12 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    I would be upset if Rupp highlighted Meeks’ 54-point effort anywhere in the new Rupp, since it didn’t even happen there. It happened in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

  19. timer
    6:18 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Things to commemorate….
    Coach Rupp’s recliner that was presented to him at (I believe) the Kansas game in 1977.

    Cawood’s microphone.

    A rolled-up program from Coach Hall.

    Anything from the last home game of the season in 1978 – against UNLV.

  20. Burgess Finncastle
    6:31 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    It HAS to be the 5 made 3-pointers, 3 steals, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot performance turned in by Michael Porter against Georgia on Senior Night in 2009 when BCG finally let him play a whole game. (That’s the same game wherein Liggins’ stat line read, “1 Turnover”, and Jodie Meeks choked and bricked a free throw — after the Wildcats had made 26 STRAIGHT in the game — that would gave brought UK to within a bucket.)
    That is the game that got us Calipari, because the home loss to Georgia sealed BCG’s fate.

  21. MercerNary
    7:04 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Princes five threes in a row.

  22. Vince McMahon
    7:12 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of Backlash…pretty sure that was the only time “God” was ever booked in a match. That has to be commemorated!

  23. natural macaroni
    10:07 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink


    5 straight 3’s…

  24. West Coast Cat
    11:53 pm September 1, 2013 Permalink

    Harrelson’s rifling the ball off Sullinger’s chest