UK Reaches Agreement To Stay At Rupp Through 2033

02/08/2018 05:04 PM

The University of Kentucky reached a lease agreement with the Lexington Center Corporation that will keep the UK basketballl team, as well as Big Blue Madness, graduation and some women’s games at Rupp Arena through 2033.

In addition to the lease agreement, the school will now control the multimedia rights and the selling of souvenirs inside of the arena. The University of Kentucky will also receive the revenue from the creation of four clubs and club spaces within Rupp Arena, which will be used during games, and the Lexington Center will convert some seats in the upper arena to chairs, rather than the existing bleachers.

Of the agreement, UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said, “We are excited that Rupp Arena will be the home of the Wildcats for another 15 years. It already has been the home of so much history and shared pride for our University and our community. We are gratified by the commitment the Lexington Center has made to continuing to improve the fan experience through upgrades to technology and other amenities. With this agreement signed, we look forward to taking the next proud step in a long tradition of excellence that has defined our basketball program and this historic venue.”

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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