New Jumbo Video Screens Unveiled in Rupp Arena
"The Lexington Center is an integral component of not only Fayette County's economy and cultural life, but of Kentucky's. It gives me great pleasure to present this investment in community, this funding that will allow renovations and modernization to make sure that the Center continues to fill its important role in the Commonwealth," Governor Patton said.
Wildcat basketball fans will begin enjoying the changes at the UK vs. Georgia game on January 6, 2001, as four jumbo video screens were unveiled. The screens were installed in Rupp Arena just last week as part of the renovation of the 25-year-old facility.
"The video system will be the first all-digital system in the country," said Bill Owen, CEO of Lexington Center. "It's state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology."
"The atmosphere surrounding a UK game at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington is unique in the basketball world and would be very difficult to duplicate anywhere else," said Larry Ivy, Athletics Director at the University of Kentucky, who has been highly involved in the renovation plans for the 23,000-seat home of the Wildcats.
In addition to the new screens, plans for Rupp Arena include a new entry pavilion, with almost 11,000 square feet of lobby space, upgrading of lighting and sound systems, and additional fan services on the upper arena and purple concourses.