Money for Rupp Not in State Budget

Designs released February 10, 2014 show the renovations of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. This is an exterior view of Rupp Arena from Main Street, Triangle Park. Credit: nbbj+EOP NBBJ+EOP

Designs released February 10, 2014 show the renovations of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. This is an exterior view of Rupp Arena from Main Street, Triangle Park. Credit: nbbj+EOP NBBJ+EOP

State budget doesn’t include Rupp renovation money; Mayor Gray says it’s not over

by Beth Musgrave, 3.24.14, Kentucky.com

The Republican-controlled Senate did not include $65 million for the renovation of Rupp Arena and expansion of an attached convention center in its budget.

The Senate voted 25-2 on Monday approved a two-year, $20 billion budget. Eleven Democrats opted to “pass” on the bill rather than vote it up or down.

Mayor Jim Gray said he will continue to fight for funding for the home of University of Kentucky men’s basketball as the House and Senate begin negotiations on a compromise budget, probably this week…Read more at Kentucky.com

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