Rupp Arena to get $15M in upgrades

Rupp Arena
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rupp Arena will receive a $15 million dollar technology overhaul that includes a new center-hung video, audio and scoreboard array, wireless internet for fans and patrons as well as major roof structure improvements so the arena can attract more concerts and major events.

The overhaul was announced today by Lexington Center CEO and President Bill Owen.  The upgrades will be rolled out over an 18 month period beginning immediately and executed in phases.  The ribbon board will be installed and functional for the upcoming UK basketball season. The press box on the east side upper arena to match the one on the west side  will be installed following the 2015-16 UK season.

Other improvements will include the installation of new video production equipment bringing the venue video system to an HD level and replacing the four corner LED screens with HD state of the art screens in a 16X9 aspect ratio. This will be completed during December between UK games so fans will experience the upgrades as they occur. The LED courtside scorer’s table display will be replaced some time during the upcoming season.

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The center-hung audio/video scoreboard will be installed during the summer of 2016 and completed in time for the 2016-17 UK Men’s basketball season. Upgraded Wi-Fi will also be installed before the 2016-17 season as well as improvements to the roof’s steel support structure.