Replace Rupp? Study in the works

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he is appointing a 40-plus-member panel to study the future of Rupp Arena, the home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.

Gray was joined Monday at a news conference at Rupp with UK President Lee Todd.

The mayor said the first step to turning Rupp in to a state-of-the-art arena will be to examine renovation possibilities.

The University of Louisville men's basketball team this fall began playing in a new arena that has attracted thousands of fans as well as big-name entertainment acts.

In 1999, Rupp Arena added 54 luxury suites, 1,004 club seats, new restaurants and improved concourses.

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