Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, Rupp Arena is recognized as an epicenter of sports and event excellence. Rupp Arena is also renowned for its storied history, marquee matchups, and year-round top-quality concerts and entertainment. Named for legendary college basketball Coach Adolph Rupp, the arena opened its doors in 1976 is proudly managed by Oak View Group.
Rupp Arena is home to the 2012 National Champion University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program. Each year more than 400,000 fiercely-loyal U.K. Wildcats’ fans—“The Big Blue Nation”—gathers together at Rupp Arena to cheer on their beloved ‘Cats in hopes of hanging yet another championship banner! It is an experience like none other in all of college basketball—and a Wildcats’ home game at Rupp Arena is undeniably the hottest ticket in the Commonwealth.
The legendary facility also regularly hosts world-class concert tours, family shows and big ticket sporting events such as the “Sweet 16” Boys High School Basketball Tournament and the fan-favorite WWE. Rupp Arena resides within the world-class Central Bank Center.