About Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, simply known as just Rupp Arena to fans, is a 20,500-seat multi-purpose arena set in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. As part of the larger Central Bank Center, an 11-acre entertainment and shopping facility, Rupp Arena is one of the busiest venues in the region, hosting sports games, music concerts, conventions, and other events as well.
The History of Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena opened its doors for the first time in 1976. Named after the famous University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, the arena was at that time part of what was called the Lexington Center, which was owned and operated by the city. Naming rights were sold in January of 2020 to local banking company Central Bank, hence the name change. Yet at this point, most fans are much more comfortable just calling this venue Rupp Arena, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon!
What Makes Rupp Arena Events So Special?
Rupp Arena is great because it’s smack dab in the middle of a giant entertainment complex. Food, shopping, even hotel accommodations are all within walking distance. You can get anything you want and need, no matter why you’re there or what type of event you’re attending.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Rupp Arena located?
Rupp Arena is located in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky.
What kind of events does Rupp Arena host?
Rupp Arena sporting events aside is also a great venue for concerts and other events like conventions. Occasionally, the venue does host other types of sports events like professional wrestling. There’s always something going on at this stadium!
Which team is playing at Rupp Arena?
Rupp Arena gets plenty of action and has seen lots of different tenants over the years. For the most part, it’s been the home of the University of Kentucky’s NCAA basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats, since 1976. The venue can also accommodate ice hockey, and was the one-time home of the AHL’s Kentucky Thoroughblades, the ECHL’s Lexington Men o’War.
Where can I park for free at Rupp Arena?
There is abundant parking available for Rupp Arena sporting events. Parking prices vary depending on the lot, and parking operates on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend you arrive with time to spare to secure your spot.
What is the seating capacity of Rupp Arena?
Rupp Arena sporting events can host up just over 20,000 cheering fans.
Who owns Rupp Arena?
Rupp Arena is owned by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
How do I get to Rupp Arena using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach Rupp Arena events by public transport have a number of bus routes at their disposal. Pick the best route, depending on where you’re coming from.