Wildcats use big second-half comeback to fend off Utah Valley in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Pope was an integral part of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team and nearly orchestrated an upset of No. 5 Kentucky Friday night. The Wolverines (0-1) led by 12 points before the Wildcats rallied in the second half and escaped with a 73-63 victory in the season-opener for both teams. Hamido Diallo throws down a slam dunk during the second half of Kentucky’s...

Put some bounce in your opera (or opera in your bounce) with ‘Bounce: The Basketball Opera’

By William McCann Special to KyForward Balls float, players dunk, music soars, and the myth of Icarus’s fall into the sea is retold in a fresh new way in Bounce: The Basketball Opera. Opening on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church — just blocks from Rupp Arena — Bounce will introduce basketball fans to opera and maybe even some opera fans to the joys of basketball. Seated on bleachers...

Lexington Center Board of Directors elects new officers for coming year

The Lexington Center Board of Directors has elected officers at its monthly Board Meeting, as required annually by its bylaws, it was announced Tuesday by Lexington Center President and CEO, Bill Owen. Local Lexington businessman and entrepreneur Craig Turner has been named Chairman of the Board. Turner is currently of Chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents and Founder/CEO of CRM...

UK women’s basketball schedule features three games in Rupp Arena, doubleheader with men

For the first time in over a decade, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play three regular-season games in Rupp Arena, facing Tennessee on Dec. 31, South Carolina on Jan. 21 and LSU on Feb. 4 in the historic building. All three games will tip at noon ET with the Tennessee and LSU games to be televised on SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be on ESPNU. The Dec....

Popular John Calipari Women’s Basketball Clinic back in Rupp Arena on Oct. 29

The ninth annual and always popular John Calipari Women’s Clinic is set for Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The clinic will take place in historical Rupp Arena for the second consecutive year. The clinic is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program. The cost will remain unchanged at...

Former UK stars return to Rupp to help raise money for charity, aid victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a reunion to remember Friday night. Former University standouts, featuring legends and a crop of current NBA players, took part in the annual UK Alumni Charity Game, which raised approximately $1 million for various charities, including the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall late Friday night in Texas. Kentucky coach...

For 19th time in last 22 seasons, Kentucky leads the nation in home attendance, NCAA says

College basketball’s proudest, most passionate fan base flexed its muscles in 2016-17, leading the country in average home attendance once again. UK led all schools in the NCAA with an average of 23,461 fans per home game, according to national attendance figures released by the NCAA on Tuesday. It’s the 19th time in the last 22 seasons Kentucky has led the country in average home attendance. The...

Fayette County Public Schools releases schedule for 2017 graduation ceremonies at Rupp Arena

Although Friday May 19, was the last day of classes in Fayette County Public Schools, high school graduations couldn’t be held that weekend because Rupp Arena was already booked with an Alltech conference. FCPS released this schedule for its 2017 commencements on these first-available dates at Rupp Arena. The schedule: Wednesday May 24 4 p.m. – Lafayette High School 7:30 p.m. – Paul Laurence...

Four of nation’s best teams gather in Rupp Arena for NCAA Women’s Regional tournament

Notre Dame, Stanford, Ohio State and Texas – all ranked among the nation’s top-14 teams – are headed to Lexington for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional, set for Friday and Sunday in Rupp Arena. Sweet 16 action begins with a doubleheader Friday. Notre Dame takes on Ohio State in the opener at 7 p.m., followed by Stanford vs. Texas, 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. ...

Paul Laurence Dunbar high-scoring senior Hollingsworth named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball

Taveion Hollingsworth, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for the 2016-17 season. Taveion Hollingsworth He received the award at a March 14 banquet at the Lexington Center prior to the opening of this week’s KHSAA Boys’ State Tournament at Rupp Arena. Last year, Taveion led Dunbar to its first Sweet Sixteen championship. As a senior,...

Three basketball goals used at Rupp Arena over the last 15 seasons available to the highest bidder

Three basketball goals used in Rupp Arena from October 2000 until September 2016, will be sold to the highest bidder commencing on Feb. 6 until Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., Bill Owen, President and CEO of the Lexington Center Corporation,said. The BPI Model 10,000 goals were used on Rupp Arena’s legendary “Caywood’s Court” from the 2000-01 basketball season through the 2015-16 season. Both the home...

Wildcat fans roll up their sleeves, outdistance Gator counterparts to win Big Blue Slam blood drive

The Big Blue Nation of blood donors topped Florida last week 1,653 to 1,569 in the ninth annual Big Blue Slam. “Thanks to Cat fans who rolled up their sleeves this week, at our donor centers, blood drives and Rupp Arena. While it’s always good to win Slam, their generosity couldn’t have come at a better time with winter weather heading our way,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s...

Guinness Book of World Records representative to be at Rupp Saturday looking for new loudness mark

Under the spotlight of arguably the best nonconference college basketball game of the 2016-17 season, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Kansas to gauge if the Big Blue Nation can set a new record for loudest indoor crowd cheer. UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center are joining forces...

No update on Fox; ESPN GameDay set to visit Rupp

Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox drives the basket during a win over South Carolina Saturday (Bill Thiry Photo) Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox’s ankle injury didn’t appear to be serious Wildcats coach John Calipari said Saturday night following an 85-69 win over South Carolina. Fox left the game with 12 minutes remaining in the first half after tweaking his ankle and didn’t return....

Lexington Center, UK agree on new lease to keep Wildcats playing in Rupp Arena through 2033

The Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) and the University of Kentucky have agreed in principle to a new 15-year lease at Rupp Arena on Thursday. The new lease will begin at the expiration of the existing lease at the end of the 2018 season. The agreement, outlined in a letter of intent signed this week by LCC and UK officials, will ensure that the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team plays at...

It’s LEXI!: Lexington Center announces name for Rupp Arena’s new giant video board

The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Rupp Arena’s new, state-of-the-art video board has been named “LEXI.” The Lexington Center announced, during half time at the UK vs UCLA Mens’ Basketball Home Game, that the winner of the “Name the Video Board Contest” is Dan Parker, a 1972 UK Alumnus and former Track & Field athlete, from Santa Barbara, CA. “I am thrilled...

Big Bertha is retired — here’s your chance to choose her successor’s name: Seymore or Lexi?

After retiring the “Big Bertha” sound system, Rupp Arena’s new state-of-the-art video board replacement is about to be given a name of its own.  Lexington Center today announced the two finalists selected for the “Name the Video Board Contest” launched at Big Blue Madness on October 14th.     The Finalists are: “SEYMORE,” submitted by Linda Parrish of Nicholasville,...

Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary celebration will raise money for United Way of the Bluegrass

In celebration of Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary, and coinciding with the date of Rupp’s first concert (Lawrence Welk on Oct. 17, 1976,) Rupp Arena is partnering with six local businesses to commemorate the occasion. On Monday, Oct. 17, local businesses will participate in #RuppTurns40, featuring specialty items, created in honor of Rupp Arena. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of these items...

Fayette County educational television station will air graduation ceremonies; DVD copies available

Channel 13, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2016 high school graduation ceremonies three times apiece. These events, set for Thursday and Friday, are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. (Fayette County Public Schools Photo) Broadcast schedule: — Bryan Station (ceremony at 4 p.m. May 26) – airs at 8 p.m. May 31, 10 p.m. June 2, and 5 p.m. June...

Walk-through metal detectors will be in use at Rupp Arena for UK Commencement ceremonies

The Lexington Center has announced that it will require patrons attending events inside its venues, including the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremonies in Rupp Arena, to utilize walk-through metal detectors. Upon arrival, patrons will be requested to remove items like cell phones and keys that may set off the alarm, thus requiring further inspection. Although these units are more effective...