March 2011

Mayor Jim Gray announces appointment of Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Lexington Center and Rupp Arena.

August, 2011

Task Force hires Gary Bates and SPACE GROUP, an architectural firm with an international reputation for excellence, as master planner for Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District.

November, 2011

Mayor Gray announces a feasibility study shows it costs less to reinvent Rupp than to build a new arena.

December, 2011

Task Force votes to reinvent Rupp Arena, not replace it. Group also endorses SPACE GROUP plan for District.

January, 2012

Task Force issues its final report
Governor Beshear recommends including $2.5 million in state budget for Rupp design work, which was later approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.
Mayor includes $1.25 million in his proposed budget to design work, which was later approved by the Urban County Council.

June, 2012

Mayor Gray and UK President Eli Capilouto announce Frank Butler, a long-time UK administrator, will lead the Rupp project into its second phase, with the focus on a detailed design and how to pay for it.

July, 2013

Lexington Center Board votes to hire internationally acclaimed architects NBBJ to reinvent Rupp Arena and design a new convention center. It also hires Hunt Construction Group, original builder of Rupp Arena, to do the construction

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