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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Fair Board took the first step Thursday in an all-out makeover of the Expo Center campus.
The board approved moving forward with a master plan study Thursday. The board's approval of the Request for Proposals (RFP) will allow the state to collect bids from different contractors and architects and come up with a vision for the entire property.
"It takes in so many components. It looks at our market share, our traffic, existing customers, future customers--it's all one big part of the pie," said Fair Board President and CEO Clifford "Rip" Ripptoe.
Officials said the study is routine for any exposition center campus, but they are excited to see what ideas may come out of it. "You always want the best, the brightest, the biggest, but we need to do what makes the most sense for what we do here," said Chairman of the Fair Board Mark Lynn.
Now that the board approved moving forward with the RFP, the Kentucky Finance Cabinet will take charge of collecting bids.
The board says they will use money from capital savings and $50,000 allotted to the project from this years budget to pay for the vision plan.
The search for a vision for the future of the property comes just months after Cardinal Stadium was found to be in a state of disrepair.
Due to building-code violations and potential safety hazards, the stadium was closed in April.
"It's a shame it got into such bad shape," said Lynn. "Maybe it could have been prevented, maybe it couldn't. There's no way to know that for sure."
Although Fair Board members say the condition of the stadium didn't prompt them to look into revamping the entire campus, they realize it may not be the only facility on fair ground property that needs upgrades.
"A lot of the buildings we have are in great shape but they are starting to age," said Ripptoe. "We don't want to let them get too old because then we have a disaster, so we have to do something proactive."