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Rupp Arena has big year in 2019, despite four-month closure; preliminary schedule for 2020 announced

2019 was a massive year for Rupp Arena. Highlights include numerous major concert touring artists like P!NK and Paul McCartney, the installation of new chairback seats in the upper arena and two new records set:  the fastest concert sell out in Rupp history (Luke Combs) and the highest number of concerts on sale in a single month (seven in November). 
Despite a four-month closure (June 15 – October...

Yes, they CAN: Teams participate in CANstruction for displays you’ll want to see at Lexington Center

Staff report Eight teams of Lexington, architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and students attending schools of architecture, engineering, and design will design and create structures made entirely from canned foods. Yes, they can — as they participate in CANstruction being held for the first time in Lexington at The Shops at Lexington Center. From the New York show The free event is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Governor’s Awards in the Arts honor nine Kentuckians for commitment, achievements

Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the arts in the state, across the country and around the world are being honored for their lifelong commitment to and achievements in the arts as the recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council announced today.   The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in October during...

Architectural firm, construction team chosen to redesign Rupp Arena, convention center

(KyForward file photo)   The architectural firm behind the redesign of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion was chosen by the Lexington Center Corp. to lead the redesign of Rupp Arena Wednesday morning at its board meeting.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Architectural firm NBBJ, working with Lexington architectural firm EOP, was chosen as the master architect for Rupp Arena and the Convention...

‘Dancing with Stars’ pros will swing into Lexington to present ‘Ballroom with a Twist’

Ballroom with a Twist, the critically acclaimed international dance production choreographed by ABC-TVs Dancing With the Stars and Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel will be presented by Broadway Live at the Opera House for five performances January 4 – 6th.   Co-presented by the Opera House Fund and Arthur Murray Dance Studios, this show, starring Dancing With The Stars celebrity pros Jonathan...