LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A major renovation to the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena has taken a big step forward.

The center's board of directors awarded the $241 million contract to Messer Construction on Thursday. The project includes expanding the Convention Center and giving it a more modern look.

And Rupp Arena will get new UK Hospitality Clubs, new upper arena chair back seats and new parking structures.

The project is expected to begin next month and built in phases. It's scheduled be finished in November 2021.

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