The reinvention of Rupp Arena will be a catalyst for urban renewal in downtown Lexington. It will feature expanded concourse spaces; a completely revitalized bowl with chair-back seats throughout; a new hospitality level with premium suite seating; a new center hung-scoreboard; and a host of other amenities that will preserve the authenticity of the original arena while providing a fresh experience for visitors. The overall seat count of 23,500 will remain after the renovation.
Opened in 1976, Rupp Arena is the home of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team and named for legendary coach Adolph Rupp. The Wildcats consistently lead the nation in average fan attendance. The current lease with the university expires in 2018.
The arena attracts 850,000 visitors annually with a variety of events, including concerts, family shows, high school basketball tournaments, commencements and graduations.
Rupp Arena is operated by the Lexington Center Corporation, a not-for-profit 501c(4) corporate agency of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Click here for more information about Rupp.