NBBJ Architects revealed their design strategy for Rupp Arena to the public Thursday night. It was part of a public forum, where the community gave their feedback on the design plans.
As of now, the firm said they want to reveal more of Rupp Arena. They called the arena “building locked,” meaning you don’t see Rupp because of all the other buildings built up around it.
Part of their plans including removing portions of the Lexington Convention Center and mall to let Rupp stand on its own.
Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice said tonight’s forum was a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and make suggestions.
“It sounds like they're very interested what people here think and what they want to see happen,” Lexington resident Van Meter Pettit said. “So it's a nice combination. Talent and input from locals.”
But not everyone agrees.
“The whole idea of wasting this kind of money in Lexington at this point is ludicrous, it's horrendous,” Don Pratt said.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said a public project like this one evokes many different public opinions.
“Any time you engage a building project,” Gray said. “The thinking is and the challenge is you're embracing change.”
UK President Eli Capilouto said they are working closely with the city on Rupp Arena renovations.
“We love a big vision and a great dream. We just have to find way to finance these things,” Capilouto said. “It's a challenge we have on our campus. We have over a billion dollars of deferred construction needs. That's going to be important to us as well.”
The city set up the http://ruppdistrict.com/ website to follow the Rupp Arena renovation process.