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Rupp Arena to be renovated

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This is a drawing of the new Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.  Provided by the city of Lexington and Fayette County. This is a drawing of the new Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Provided by the city of Lexington and Fayette County.
An artist drawing of a renovated Rupp Arena.  Provided by the city of Lexington and Fayette County. An artist drawing of a renovated Rupp Arena. Provided by the city of Lexington and Fayette County.
LEXINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

Rupp Arena in Lexington -- home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats -- is about to get a makeover.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Monday unveiled a new design for the Kentucky and college basketball landmark.

The city said features include: 

  • A transparent skin to bring the energy inside to the city outside
  • A "Catwalk" leading from the university to the arena district;
  • Outdoor video screens
  • Chair back seats throughout the arena
  • Upgraded technology (wireless Internet)
  • A new center hung scoreboard.

Gray said the city has been working on plans for Rupp Arena and a new convention center for three years. The estimated cost for the arena and convention center is $310 million.

Rupp Arena opened in 1976.

You can see more renderings of the renovation here:  http://www.fox19.com/link/681459/photos-rupp-arena-renovation-renderings

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