Less than a month to go until KFC Yum! Center opens

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In less than a month, the KFC Yum! Center will be open for business. The ribbon cutting and big debut are planned for October 10.

Nearly a dozen arena authority members have been overseeing the project and Monday, September 13 marked their last monthly meeting.

"I think relief more than anything," said Jim Host, Arena Authority President. That sums up the feeling of the nearly dozen members of the arena authority as they sum up their work.

"We've still got a lot of little things, there's a lot of little touch-ups and railings that need to be replaced; simple things like that," Host said.

An average of 500 people continues to work to get everything ready by October 10th, or 10-10-10, but before it even opens the arena is being called a "10."

A total of 25 events are already booked for the facility over a 3-year span. Ranging from conventions to NCAA championships, those events are expected to bring $25 million to the city with people eating, shopping, and getting a room here.

The boost helped officials pass an operating budget for the rest of the year.

"It's a very, very conservative budget," Host said. "The $1 million 60 thousand operating profit is on the budget for the first three months will be exceeded in my judgment."

Future years rely heavily on the economy and sales tax growth, but with the strong interest and nearly $50 million in business partnerships and naming rights signed to date, officials feel the new downtown attraction will pay for itself.

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