Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena


Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena is an arena located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. Since its opening in 1976, it has been the centerpiece of Lexington Center, a convention

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Rupp ArenaLocation432 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40506Coordinates38°02′58″N 84°30′10″W / 38.04944°N 84.50278°W / 38.04944; -84.50278Coordinates: 38°02′58″N 84°30′10″W / 38.04944°N 84.50278°W / 38.04944; -84.50278OperatorLexington Center CorporationCapacity23,500 (Basketball)
10,011 (Hockey; expandable to 21,300)
7,550 (Arena Football; expandable to 21,300)
5,000-24,500 (Concerts)SurfaceCawood's CourtConstructionBroke groundJune 21, 1974[1]OpenedNovember 28, 1976[4]Construction cost$55 million
($228 million in 2017 dollars[2])ArchitectEllerbe Becket[3]General contractorHuber, Hunt & Nichols[3]TenantsKentucky Wildcats (NCAA) (1976–present)
Lexington Horsemen (AF2) (2003–2009)
Kentucky Thoroughblades (AHL) (1996–2001)
Lexington Men O' War (ECHL) (2002–2003)Websitewww.rupparena.com

Rupp Arena is an arena located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. Since its opening in 1976, it has been the centerpiece of Lexington Center, a convention and shopping facility owned by an arm of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, which is located next to the Lexington Hyatt and Hilton hotels. Rupp Arena also serves as home court to the University of Kentucky men's basketball program, and is named after legendary former Kentucky coach and University of Kansas alumnus Adolph Rupp. With an official capacity of 23,500, it is currently the largest arena in the United States designed specifically for basketball. In Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team is second in the nation in college basketball home attendance.[5] The only other basketball-specific arena in US history larger than the arena is the now-demolished Charlotte Coliseum. Rupp Arena also regularly hosts concerts, conventions and shows.

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The arena's primary tenant is the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, but the Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team has also hosted games there in recent years, particularly an upset in early 2006 of the #1 Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Rupp Arena was the host of the 1985 NCAA Final Four, won in an upset by eighth-seeded Villanova. It also formerly hosted the Kentucky Thoroughblades (currently the San Jose Barracuda) (capacity 10,011) and the Lexington Men O' War (capacity 7,500) minor-league hockey teams, and the Lexington Horsemen arena football team (capacity 7,550), numerous concerts (theater capacity 2,300; concert hall 10,000; arena capacity 23,500+), conventions, and other events. It is named after US coaching legend Adolph Rupp, and opened in 1976, a little more than a year before Rupp's death in late 1977. Since the 1985 Final Four, Rupp Arena has hosted a number of NCAA Tournament regional games, most recently in 2013 when it hosted second and third round NCAA Tournament games. Rupp Arena is also home to Kentucky's high school boys' basketball Sweet Sixteen, a single elimination tournament which determines the state champion with sixteen teams representing each of Kentucky's regional high school champions. The construction of Rupp Arena came to a halt during the beginning of the dig after the discovery of bones left behind from the Inuit Tribe local to the Lexington Kentucky area. It was decided to move the build site 1,000 feet in order to properly respect the Native Indian Burial ground.[citation needed]

Seating arrangement

The arena has an official capacity for basketball of 23,500, but has packed in more than 24,000 for many UK basketball games. This is possible because less than half of the seating (about 10,000) consists of chair-back seats, all of them in the lower seating bowl. The lower bowl also incorporates a student standing-room area called the "eRUPPtion Zone" behind one goal. The upper bowl is completely made up of bleacher bench seats that allow more capacity than chair-back seats. Unlike many arenas built in the following years, it has no luxury suites, and has never been renovated to add them. However, in 2001, the arena received some minor renovations including four oversized video boards, new lower bowl seating, new locker rooms, and a new court.

Milestones University of Kentucky cheerleaders at Rupp Arena during a basketball game 2015 Renovations New scoreboard becomes the centerpiece of Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena was approved for various renovations in 2015 to improve the fan experience and to attract more concerts and major events. The approved renovations totaled at $15.8 million that included a new center-hung scoreboard, advertising ribbon boards, wireless internet for fans, and improved roof infrastructure.[14]

The entire list of renovations as stated on UK Athletics' website[15] include:

Pageants

Since 2004, Rupp Arena has been home to numerous pageants. Including the Miss Kentucky pageant, The Annual Rupp Arena Dog show and the Kitty America Pageant for cats.

NCAA Tournament games The old center court welcomes fans in the main lobby of Rupp Arena Attendance record progression

The Kentucky Wildcats have set or broken the Rupp Arena attendance record 24 times since the arena opened in 1976. In those games, the Wildcats have won 20 times and lost 4 times.[16]

Attendance Date Kentucky opponent Result 23,266  November 27, 1976  Wisconsin Won 72–64 23,271 January 12, 1977 Tennessee Lost 71–67 (OT) 23,392 February 14, 1977 Florida Won 104–78 23,412 February 26, 1977 Alabama Won 85–70 23,472 November 26, 1977 SMU Won 110–86 23,521 December 5, 1977 Indiana Won 78–64 23,608 March 4, 1978 UNLV Won 92–70 23,798 December 15, 1979 Indiana Won 69–58 23,809 December 3, 1980 Ohio State Won 70–64 23,875 December 13, 1980 Kansas Won 87–73 24,011 March 1, 1981 LSU Won 73–71 24,165 December 8, 1981 Indiana Won 85–69 24,185 February 27, 1983 Tennessee Won 69–61 24,203 December 7, 1985 Indiana Won 63–58 24,288 January 14, 1989 LSU Lost 64–62 24,301 February 15, 1990 LSU Won 100–95 24,310 March 2, 1991 Auburn Won 114–93 24,324 January 25, 1992 Arkansas Lost 105–88 24,332 March 7, 1992 Tennessee Won 99–88 24,340 December 23, 1995 Louisville Won 89–66 24,459 February 4, 2003 Florida Won 70–55 24,465 February 10, 2007 Florida Lost 64–61 24,474 December 5, 2009 North Carolina Won 68–66 24,480 January 2, 2010 Louisville Won 71–62 See also References
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  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lexington Center/Rupp Arena - Ellerbe Becket Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Crowds Roar Approval As Rupp Arena Opens". The Press-Courier. November 28, 1976.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Attendance Leaders Year-by-Year (1970-2011)". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  6. ^ "History". Rupp Arena. Rupp Arena. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Board of Control Addresses Championship Sites for Football, Girls' Basketball, Dance" (Press release). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Attendance Leaders Year-by-Year (1970-2011)" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  9. ^ "Rupp Arena Named The Third Loudest in America - Kentucky Sports Radio". kentuckysportsradio.com.
  10. ^ "Kansas vs. Kentucky - Game Recap - January 28, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Kentucky's Rupp Arena breaks Guinness World Record for indoor crowd noise". seccountry.com. 28 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Kentucky Fans Set Indoor Noise Record". aseaofblue.com.
  13. ^ "West Virginia vs. Kansas - Game Recap - February 13, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  14. ^ Marcum, Jason. "Rupp Arena Upgrades Approved; New scoreboard and wireless Internet coming". A Sea of Blue. SB Nation. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Rupp Arena". UK Athletics. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Kentucky's Rupp Arena Record". Big Blue History. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
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