Rupp Arena

Auction Scheduled for Rupp Arena Items

Aug 6, 2018

In advance of demolition and construction planned next month, officials with the Lexington Center and Rupp Arena are holding a surplus materials and salvage auction on August 17th.   It’s part of a project to build a new convention center and upgrade Rupp Arena.

The auction will be held underneath the Jefferson Street Bridge in the Manchester Street lot.

Deal Keeps Cats At Rupp Through 2033

Feb 8, 2018

A deal signed today insures that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team will be playing at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season.

The agreement was signed today by Lexington Center Corporation and university officials. It details that Big Blue Madness, Blue/White Games, some women’s basketball games and Winter and Spring Commencements will also be at the downtown arena.

EKU Falls to UK in Rupp

Dec 9, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky met for the 12th time on the basketball court last night.  And, for the 12th time, the Wildcats came out the victor.

UK jumped out to a sizeable 12 to 2 lead early in the game.  Eastern fought back to close within one at just under 14 minutes in the first half before trailing by 14 at the break.  The Colonels would whittle the Wildcat lead down to six in the second half but a big burst of scoring by Kentucky down the stretch made the final score 88 to 67. 

EKU and UK Meet in Rupp Tonight

Dec 9, 2015


Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky will meet on the basketball court tonight.  It’s the 12th meeting for the Colonels and the Wildcats. UK comes into the game again as a heavy favorite.

EKU travels to Rupp Arena sporting a seven and two record.  UK is seven and one, coming off a ten point loss to UCLA.  The Colonels are ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense and in field goal percentage.  The Wildcats, with another strong freshman class, were ranked first nationally before losing last week. 

98th Kentucky High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

Mar 18, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Thousands of basketball fans are converging on downtown Lexington this week for the annual high school state tournament. It might be a brand new experience, or a lifelong experience for attendees. 

Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural activities.

UK Ally Oops Its Way Over EKU

Dec 8, 2014
Courtesy of Julia Johnson

A substantially undersized Eastern Kentucky University Colonel team fought valiantly Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to keep up with number one Kentucky.  UK beat EKU 82-49 before a full house at Rupp Arena.  After the game, Eastern Coach Jeff Neubauer  gave high praise for UK's defensive effort.  "Our team, I told them, they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball. And I'm not exaggerating a little bit when I say that," said Neubauer.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended the City’s efforts to reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center. The city says it cancelled its plans because the University of Kentucky changed its mind about a new facility lease in 2018.

UK, City of Lexington to Meet on Rupp Project

Jun 9, 2014

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto are scheduled to meet later this week to discuss the Rupp Arena Project.  The meeting this Thursday came at the request of Gray.  Governor Steve Beshear supports the reinvention of Rupp and construction of a new convention center. 

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's Rupp Arena project.   Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the Rupp/Convention Center project forward. 

In the letter dated May 20th, UK President Eli Capilouto expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled. 

Lexington Lawmaker Says Rupp Poll Results Not Unexpected

May 19, 2014

A state lawmaker from Lexington isn't surprised by poll results questioning the use of state funds to help reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center.  The survey showed only 18 percent of those questioned approved of spending state money on the 351 million dollar project. 

Lexington Representative Jesse Crenshaw says it can be hard to sell long-term benefits.  "People look at things and look at it from the standpoint of we have a number of needs that are pressing now, so we should spend anything for the future," said Crenshaw.

300 Million Dollar "Reinvention" of Rupp Arena Unveiled

Feb 10, 2014
nbbj+EOP NBBJ+EOP via Lexington Herald-Leader

Plans for the 310 million dollar Rupp Arena project were unveiled Monday. The "reinvention" of the 38-year-old facility will include construction of a new convention center.  Funding for the massive Lexington development is still being finalized.

Rupp Arena Design to be Revealed

Feb 10, 2014

Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon. 

Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.