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It’s now Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, milestone naming rights for legendary facility

Lexington Center Corporation announced a landmark naming rights agreement with Central Bank, rebranding Lexington-Central Kentucky’s premier convention, meeting, sports and entertainment complex as Central Bank Center. The iconic Rupp Arena will be Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. The agreement is between Central Bank and JMI Sports, and UK / LCC’s multimedia rights partner.  This agreement...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Veteran forward Nick Richards performing at a ‘very high level’ for surging Wildcats as ‘Tide’ rolls in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards has been making a difference for Kentucky during the past three weeks and made an impact in the Wildcats’ win at Georgia earlier this week. It was the play of Richards in the second half that helped No. 14 Kentucky overcome a 31-27 halftime deficit as the Wildcats went on to defeat the Bulldogs 78-69 in the first true road game of the season. Bulldogs...

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...

Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 27 points to lead UK’s Cats to 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Cards

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is making it a habit of stepping up in big games. He did just that against Kentucky’s in-state rival Saturday. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-70 overtime victory over No. 3 Louisville. Maxey broke a previous high of 26 he scored in the Wildcats’ 69-62 upset of then top-ranked Michigan State in the team’s...

Jamie Vaught: Saturday’s matchup with Georgia Tech gives Cats first big-name opponent in seven games

For the first time in over a month, Kentucky will finally face a big-name opponent in Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Both schools are beginning a two-game series with next season’s matchup taking place at State Farm Arena (formerly Phillips Arena) in downtown Atlanta. After going through a series of seven straight home games against the so-called cupcakes, the Rupp Arena crowd...

EJ Montgomery has coming out party in Kentucky’s milestone win at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery had a coming-out party against Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday and helped the Wildcats reach a milestone on their home court. 
The sophomore forward poured in a career-high 25 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and helped lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to an 83-52 win over the Knights, giving Kentucky (7-1) its fifth consecutive victory...

Tyrese Maxey’s hot hand leads Wildcats to an easy 81-56 victory over Lamar Sunday night at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey has shown signs of brilliance in Kentucky’s first six games. Lamar coach Tic Price thinks there are better days ahead for the freshman guard. “I think he is going to bring some exciting moments to Kentucky basketball this year,” Price said after watching Maxey score 21 points to lead the No. 9 Wildcats to an 81-56 win over the Cardinals on Sunday in...

Break helps John Calipari’s Wildcats get over loss to Evansville, focus of preparation for Utah Valley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky needed a break to get over a shocking 67-74 loss to Evansville. “Everybody was down, but the next day everybody got back in here,” junior Nick Richards said Sunday. “We just talked and we took it as a learning experience. We didn’t take it as a loss even though we did lose, but we just took it as a learning experience.” Along with Richards, Kentucky...

JoJo Siwa coming to Lexington in April; buy tickets early — $1 goes to Dancers Against Cancer

Nickelodeon star, YouTube sensation and 2019’s hottest breakthrough pop artist JoJo Siwa is adding 50 new dates across North America to her wildly popular concert: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Siwa to be in Lexington April 26 (Photo provided) The Tour, bringing the total number of shows to 148, including a performance in Lexington at Rupp Arena on April 26, 2020. Siwa kicks off her new 2020...

Former Wildcat Walter McCarty returns to Rupp, leads Evansville to stunning upset of No. 1 Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A week after Kentucky beat the No. 1 team, the Wildcats lost as the top-ranked team. Kentucky’s stay atop the Top 25 will last less than a week after the Wildcats dropped a stunning 67-64 decision to Evansville Tuesday night, ending the school’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference, unranked opponents. Much like their coach — Walter McCarty, who played...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

Trump campaign announces Keep America Great rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 4

Staff report The Trump Campaign has announced that the President will host a Keep America Great rally on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington. November 4 is the day before election day in Kentucky, when the constitutional offices — including governor — will be on the ballot. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for General Admission “Thanks to President Trump, Kentucky’s...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

Part of a small, but growing, college population Megan McCormick, achieves graduation dream

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Overwhelming excitement with a tinge of apprehension will fill Rupp Arena as emotions will be riding high May 5 — one of the University of Kentucky’s Commencement Days. One by one, thousands of graduates will walk across the stage with an outstretched hand to receive their coveted diploma. Megan McCormick will be among the sea of blue caps and gowns....

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

Six student-athletes recognized as KHSAA-Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ag Athletes of the Year

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles applauded six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture for being named the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Ag Athletes of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, left, presents Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture certificates to the 2019 KHSAA-KDA Ag Athletes of the Year. (left...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes annual essay contest winners during ceremony at Sweet 16

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 30th annual essay contest in a ceremony Thursday at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honors the winners of her office’s 30th annual essay contest at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16...

Wildcats learned from loss to Vols, remain confident; setting sights on Tuesday matchup with Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t lost its swagger and is moving full speed ahead following a 71-52 loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “We’re still confident,” Kentucky freshman guard Keldon Johnson said. “It’s one game — one loss. We will learn from it and we move on to the next game. That next game is at Mississippi Tuesday night, followed by a home...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...