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First look: Kentucky's Rupp Arena to get re-clad as part of $310M makeover

A new concourse will provide expansive views of both the action on the court and the city.

February 14, 2014 |

NBBJ and EOP Architects have revealed a $310 million plan to renovate Rupp Arena, home of the University Kentucky Wildcats.

The 38-year old arena will have its façade re-clad in glass up to 40 feet high. A new concourse will wrap around the stadium and provide expansive views both of Lexington, Ky., and the court, so patrons will be able to move around the building without missing any action.

“Most importantly, the new Rupp will preserve the authenticity of the current building and respect the traditions of University of Kentucky basketball from over the decades,” NBBJ said in a press release. “Even though the bowl will be drastically upgraded with a new suite level, the two-tier system appearance from the original bowl will be preserved. The redesign will also keep the same number of seats as the original facility and the structural towers that defined the old Rupp will be rehabilitated as a wayfinding element.”

The stadium renovation is not just about the stadium, it's about creating a unique and upgraded space in the city, ArchDaily reports.

On the building's east side, a plaza will allow for large crowds; to the north and west of Rupp, a gorge will connect downtown to a newly planned park. The south will be "an urban edge that fosters the future development of downtown.”

To see a summary of the design, you can watch this video:

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