Rupp Arena to get $15 million in technology upgrades
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Rupp Arena will soon be getting a $15 million technology upgrade, including a new center-hung scoreboard.
The Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors voted unanimously on the plan at its monthly meeting Monday morning.
The plans will be rolled out in phases, all to be finished within 18 months.
Outside of the new scoreboard, the plans call for four new high definition video screens to replace the ones currently displayed in each corner of the upper level.
Those will be installed in December in between UK home basketball games.
Also, LED ribbon boards, which were approved by the board back in May, will be installed immediately, in time for the upcoming season.
The new center-hung scoreboard will be installed in the summer of 2016 in time for the 2016-17 season.
The final two improvements will be to the steel structure of the roof, as well as the installation of new, more efficient LED lighting in the arena.
The roof upgrades are designed to attract bigger and better concerts, as those events have require the ability to support large hanging production equipment.
New Wi-Fi will also be installed throughout the arena before the 2016-17 season.
The $15 million investment will be raised through the sale of Lexington Center bonds, which will be conducted in early 2016.
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