LEXINGTON, KY - Lexington Center and Rupp Arena yesterday unveiled the much-anticipated technology upgrades which began in May and have been underway throughout the summer and early fall months.
Highlighting Lexington Center's and Rupp Arena's 40th Anniversary year, these improvements include a new center-hung video board, new sound system, new venue video production equipment, LED courtside scorer's table display, enhanced rigging grid for concerts, new east side/upper arena camera platform, and a fresh coat of blue paint on the HVAC ducts and structural support towers.
Additionally, the sports lighting used for basketball games has been replaced with energy efficient LED fixtures that provide better visibility while requiring substantially less power.
Other improvements scheduled over the next few months include installation of wireless internet throughout the arena, replacing the video display in the Rupp Arena lobby, and new exterior marquis signs that hang on the Hyatt Regency hotel at Broadway and W. Vine, and Broadway and High St.
According to Bill Owen, Lexington Center CEO and President "These state-of-the-art technology upgrades and new installations provided by Lexington Center Corporation will greatly enhance Rupp Arena's sports and concert fans' experiences. They will also lead to significant increases in revenue which is vital to the operations of Lexington Convention Center, Lexington Opera House, Triangle Park and Rupp Arena."
"The Lexington Center technical staff has worked diligently and tirelessly over the last six months to keep this major project on track to ensure a seamless transition into the 2017 event season, kicking off with Big Blue Madness on October 14th," Owen continued. "We are excited to usher in a new decade of premier entertainment in this newly upgraded, legendary venue."
Earlier improvements which were part of the original $15 million project were completed during the 2015-16 men's basketball season: installation of new venue video production equipment (allowing for in-house HD video), replacing the four corner LED screens with HD state of the art screens in a 16X9 aspect ratio, and LED ribbon boards installed along the upper arena fascia.