New Seats, New Shows and New Records!

LEXINGTON, KY  – 2019 was a massive year for Rupp Arena.  Highlights include numerous major concert touring artists like P!NK and Paul McCartney, the installation of new chair back seats in the upper arena and two new records set:  the fastest concert sell out in Rupp history (Luke Combs) and the highest number of concerts on sale in a single month (seven in November).

Despite a four month closure (June 15 – October 4) for renovations in 2019, Rupp Arena hosted 33 public ticketed, non UK Basketball events in an 8-month window, with 313,000 tickets sold.  By comparison in 2018, Rupp hosted 30 public ticketed, non UK Basketball events, over a full 12-month calendar year with 328,000 tickets sold.

According to Brian Sipe, Oak View Group Facilities’ Director of Booking for Rupp Arena, “While Oak View Group was excited about our second year in Lexington and the 2019 schedule at Rupp Arena, we are even more excited for what’s coming in 2020 with what is already announced, and what is slated to be announced.”

“The Lexington Center/Oak View Group and Live Nation Arenas partnership, which began in 2018, has produced outstanding results. We are thrilled to end 2019 on such a high note and we are looking forward to a prosperous New Year in 2020!” said Bill Owen, Lexington Center President and CEO.

Click here to watch our video recap of 2019: https://youtu.be/b_qveAJiJi8

2020 Events – Concert/Show Dates/Times

January 13 – WWE Raw @7:30pm
January 17 – Harlem Globetrotters @7:00pm
January 25 – Professional Bull Riding (PBR) @6:45pm
February 13 – KISS@7:30pm
February 14 – Luke Combs@7:00pm
February 28 – Sturgill Simpson with special guest Tyler Childers @7:30pm
March 1 - No Limits Soldier Reunion Tour with Master P@7:30pm
March 6 – Zac Brown Band@7pm
March 7 – Winter Jam@6pm
April 11 – Monster Jam@7pm
April 16 – 19 – Disney On Ice - Times Vary
April 26 – Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour@7:00pm
April 30 – Lauren Daigle@7:30pm
June 5 – Elton John@8:00pm
August 18 – Justin Bieber@TBD
September 9 – Journey and the Pretenders @ 7:00pm

About Lexington Center

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporate agency of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government established in 1974 to manage and maintain Rupp Arena, the Lexington Convention Center, Triangle Park and the Lexington Opera House. One of the nation’s most storied entertainment destinations, Lexington Center venues collectively welcome an average of 1.3 million patrons annually.

Since 1976, Rupp Arena has served as the home court of the University of Kentucky Mens’ Basketball team, regularly leading the national attendance average. Rupp Arena has hosted legendary artists such as Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton and many more. Since 2018, Oak View Group and Live Nation Arenas have provided booking services to Rupp Arena. During the last eighteen months, Rupp Arena has broken all previous audience attendance and revenue records in its storied 43-year history.


The Lexington Opera House, built in 1886, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region. From its opening, the Opera House has played host to such famous stage performers W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Julie Harris, Steve Martin, Brian Wilson and Graham Nash.  It has undergone two major renovations and remains a cultural destination in downtown Lexington.

The Lexington Convention Center holds over 200 meetings, trade shows and special events annually.  It is currently undergoing a transformative $275 million expansion, featuring a dramatic, light-filled architectural design. Upon completion in Spring 2022, the new Lexington Convention Center will offer over 200,000 SF of flexible meeting and event space.

For more, visit www.lexingtoncenter.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About Oak View Group

OVG Facilities, a division of the Oak View Group is a full-service venue management and event programming company that operates and books arenas, theaters, convention centers, and amphitheaters throughout the U.S. delivering customized management plans for each of their venues.  OVG Facilities specializes in event programming, booking services and creating unique experiences that focus on delivering premium content to enhance the guest’s experience.  

Founded in 2015 by Irving Azoff, Tim Leiweke, with the support of Silver Lake, OVG Facilities has one simple goal – to provide venues customized services that produce results.  Our services are unrivaled and designed to deliver unprecedented results.

Our approach to operating and booking venues is unparalleled.  Maintaining a focus on booking and creating premium content that promises to deliver a unique guest experience is what drives our team.  The depth of our resources, industry experience and relationship are unmatched throughout the industry.  Our team looks forward to capitalizing on our resources to help clients achieve their goals and obtain unparalleled results.


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