This is What the New Rupp Could Look Like

This is What the New Rupp Could Look Like

The official recommendation is that Rupp Arena should be renovated not replaced. The plan from the Mayoral appointed committee also calls for a new and much bigger convention center and a whole lot more.
The official recommendation is that Rupp Arena should be renovated and not replaced. The plan from the Mayoral appointed committee also calls for a new and much bigger convention center and a whole lot more.

"I think we definitely need renovations so we are comparable to other schools," said Lexington resident, Tonya Knuckools.

The new Rupp may have a curved building with more glass and several new buildings around it. However not everyone is a fan of the proposed changes.

"I like Rupp the way it is, now that the Yum Center's up and going it's like we have to have Yum Center East," said Marshall Rock.

The city says renovations and other new construction would cost an estimated $300 million, half of what it would cost to build a new Rupp.

"There are a lot of areas that are brand new and they look well renovated and I think it would be a little bit better to tear that down," said Marel Gonzales.

Other proposed changes are an increased number of seats, state of the art technology scoreboards, video and sound systems, premium seating and no more metal bleachers with chair backs throughout the arena and underground parking.

The new convention center would be on the west side of Rupp where the Cox Street parking lot is located. The city says the Cats would still be able to play at Rupp and the Boys' Sweet 16 could go on as planned during renovations.

The other big challenge will be paying for the changes. Mayor Jim Gray has said he plans to ask the state for about $20 million in the upcoming legislative session to get things started, a request that will not be backed by UK.
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