Rupp Arena Arts & Entertainment District

Two bids received for naming rights for Lexington Convention Center

by Jerry Tipton, 08.05.13,

Two bids have been made for the naming rights for a proposed renovated Lexington Convention Center, Mayor Jim Gray’s office said Monday. Friday was the deadline to submit a naming rights bid.

The Rupp District subcommittee of the Lexington Center’s board of directors will consider the two bids at a closed meeting the week of Aug. 19. The full board is expected to decide whether to accept one of the bids or reopen the process at a Sept. 19 meeting.

A renovated Lexington Convention Center would be part of Gray’s idea to revitalize the city’s downtown with an arts and entertainment district…Read more at

How Lexington Can Pay for a Re-Imagined Rupp Arena Should Be Clear By Summer’s End

by Erik A. Carlson, 07.10.13,

A “bulletproof” plan to fund a re-imagined Rupp Arena and the adjacent convention center should be released in the next 30 to 45 days, according to Brent Rice, the chairman of the Lexington Center Board and of the original taskforce that examined re-inventing Rupp.

The center’s board entered into an agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles-based sports division of NBBJ Architects, working locally with Lexington’s EOP Architects, and the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Hunt Construction Group to overhaul the arena and convention space. Hunt originally built Rupp and the Lexington Center.

“We’ve identified some very creative ways to fund this project,” Rice said during a press conference announcing the architect and construction manager for the project, which has been in the works for more than two years… Read more at

Beshear and Gray to Make Announcement About Rupp Arena and Convention Center

by Erik Carlson, 07.09.13,

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray will be joined by Gov. Steve Beshear and the chair of the Lexington Center’s board to announce plans concerning the future of Rupp Arena and the adjacent convention facilities Wednesday afternoon.

Soon after taking office in 2010, Gray sought to make changes to the aging arena and convention facility that was feeling cramped for space. Gray put in place the Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District Taskforce to study what could be done with the current facilities and adjacent land owned by the Lexington Center Corporation, a public agency controlled by a board appointed by the mayor.

Last month, it was announced that a selection committee would be meeting with potential designers and builders for the project, which possibly could see the current convention center demolished for a new facility nearer to the Distillery District to the west… Read more at

UK fans responding favorably to survey about funding Rupp renovation

by Jerry Tipton, 07.02.13,

It sounds like asking someone if they support the idea of breathable air. Kentucky fans are being surveyed about their interest in helping finance a renovation of Rupp Arena.

Apparently, they’re interested.

“The preliminary responses are overwhelming and the results analyzed are very encouraging,” Brent Rice, the chairman of the Lexington Center Corporation, said Tuesday. LCC is exploring the possibility of renovating Rupp Arena as part of a new entertainment/convention district in downtown Lexington…Read more at

Report urges care in Rupp project to avoid putting convention business at risk

by Cameron Love and Jim Warren, 06.20.13,

Plans for the Rupp District project should keep convention facilities within easy walking distance of downtown hotels and restaurants, while playing to Lexington’s strengths as a convention destination, according to a focus group report unveiled Thursday.

Focus group members liked some aspects of three renovation concepts mentioned in a feasibility study, but dismissed one as having “fatal flaws” and said all three have weaknesses.

Group members also said officials should move carefully in planning to renovate Rupp Arena and build a new Lexington Center, citing a “substantial risk” that the project could disrupt Lexington’s existing, successful convention business…Read more at

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“Committee to Interview Possible Rupp/Convention Center Architects and Builders” Staff Report, 06.04.13,

“Four firms submit bids to design Rupp Arena” by Beverly Fortune, 06.04.13,

“Lexington Center Board hires consultant for proposed Rupp district” by Beverly Fortune, 11.15.12,

“UK Administrator to Manage Rupp District Plan” by Staff, 06.12.12,

“Ex-UK administrator Frank Butler will be manager for Rupp Arena project” by Beverly Fortune, 5.31.12,

“UK athletics, Toyota are biggest contributors to Rupp Arena task force” Beverly Fortune, 4.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp Arena locker-room upgrade is scheduled to begin next month” Beverly Fortune, 4.19.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“General Assembly poised to approve state budget on Friday” Beth Musgrave, 3.30.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Renovating Rupp isn’t only benefit to entertainment district, chairman says”  Beverly Fortune, 3.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp-area task force chairman sees chance of $25 million yearly from naming rights, sponsorships”  Beverly Fortune, 3.23.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“New locker rooms are part of $2.9 million Rupp project that Calipari initiated”  Beverly Fortune, 3.20.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp Arena a leader in social media marketing”  Cheryl Truman, 3.19.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp Arena’s social media prowess ranks among top five venues nationally”  Scott Hamilton, 2.29.12, Business Lexington

“Barnhart applauds city’s efforts on Rupp but says campus needs must come first”  Jerry Tipton, 2.1.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp ranks high in social media” Herald-Leader Staff, 2.10.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Final report of Rupp task force envisions $300 million project with many sources of financing” Beverly Fortune, 1.31.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Redesigned Downtown Would ‘Free Rupp’ From its Surroundings” Erik A. Carlson, 1.31.12, Business Lexington

“All options on table for Rupp Arena, Gray and Barnhart say”  Beverly Fortune and Jerry Tipton, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Planner says it’s too early in process to determine Rupp’s future” Beverly Fortune and Jerry Tipton, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Mayor appoints task force to study Rupp Arena’s future” Cheryl Truman, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Renovated Rupp Arena would meet UK’s needs and cost far less than a new arena, study says” Beverly Fortune, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Rupp Arena discussion leads to other parts of downtown Lexington” Beverly Fortune, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Consultant unveils ideas for reinventing Rupp Arena and surrounding area” Beverly Fortune, 1.29.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Gray unveils Rupp renovation proposal that includes 8-sided scoreboard” Beverly Fortune, 1.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“On its 35th birthday, Rupp Arena is at a crossroads” Beverly Fortune, 12.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“UK design dean: Rupp redo would invigorate city’s brand” Michael Speaks, 1.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Planner says it’s too early in process to determine Rupp’s future” Beverly Fortune and Jerry Tipton, 1.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Architect presents ideas for Rupp and surrounding area” Beverly Fortune, 1.26.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Tax revenues for Louisville arena fall short” The Associated Press, 1.21.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Authorize UK to Spend up to $375 Million and Includes $3.5 Million for Downtown” Erik A. Carlson, 1.19.12, Business Lexington

“Beshear proposes $3.5 million in bonds for Lexington to begin Rupp project” Jack Brammer and John Cheves, 1.18.12, Lexington Herald-Leader

“Beshear: Downtown/Rupp Project to get State Funds, But Maybe Not as Soon as Hoped” Erik A. Carlson, 1.10.12,

“Historic Town Branch reemerges as a key to city plans” Van Meter Petit, 12.19.11,

“Lexington committee OKs design for Rupp renovation, arts and entertainment district” Beverly Fortune, 12.18.11,

“After Nixing Support of Rupp Funds, UK Looking to Privatize Dorms” Tom Martin, 12.13.11,

“Editorial | Progress for Pennies: Local tax option would put Rupp’s future back in Lexington’s court” Business Lexington, Op-Ed, 12.13.11

“Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to ask legislature for Rupp Arena funding: UK president won’t support state funding of project” Linda B. Blackford, 12.13.11,

“Rupp concept embraces optimism” Tom Eblen, 12.4.11,

“Restoration of the Old Courthouse should be part of the Rupp District Plan” Foster Ockerman, Jr., 11.22.11,

“Rupp Arena discussion leads to other parts of downtown Lexington”  Beverly Fortune, 12.2.11,

“Consultant unveils ideas for reinventing Rupp Arena and surrounding area”  Beverly Fortune, 12.1.11,

“Renovated Rupp Arena would meet UK’s needs and cost far less than a new arena, study says  Beverly Fortune, 11.30.11,

“Madison Square Garden renovation wows Rupp task force members: Renovation plan for Madison square garden intrigues Lexington leaders” Jerry Tipton, 11.16.11,

“Study of Lexington Center Calls for More Space, More Hotel Rooms: Report may vindicate CentrePointe developer’s latest decision” Tom Martin, 11.1.11,

“Study suggests need for more hotel rooms downtown” Scott Sloan, 11.2.11,

“Arena report goes beyond what’s best for basketball” Rich Copely, 10.24.11,

“Seeing Rupp in a new way” Op-Ed, 10.20.11,

“Architect presents ideas for Rupp and surrounding area” Beverly Fortune, 10.19.11,

“Chance to build a downtown economic engine” Brent Rice, 10.9.11,

“City launches Arena District website BizLex Staff, 9.15.11,

“Planner says it’s too early in process to determine Rupp’s future” Beverly Fortune & Jerry Tipton, 9.8.11,

“Arena master planner: Rupp could be renovated if convention center moved Tom Eblen, 8.28.11,

“UK basketball arena fact-finding group visits Indianapolis Jerry Tipton, 8.27.11,

“Lexington arena study group will visit Columbus on Friday Staff Report, 8.11.11,

“Barnhart says UK must play in ‘gold standard’ arena: UK, fans deserve that, Barnhart tells task force” Beverly Fortune, 4.15.11,

“Question for arena task force is bigger than Rupp” Tom Eblen, 4.3.11,

“Mayor adds members to Lexington Center panel Staff, 4.2.11,

“Gray Announces Task Force to Study Options for Rupp, Lexington Center Land: Group to look at renovation versus replacement and options for surrounding area Erik A. Carlson, 3.29.11,

“Mayor appoints task force to study Rupp Arena’s future” Cheryl Truman, 3.29.11,

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