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Central Bank Center Expansion


Central Bank Center is one of the nation’s most storied entertainment designations.  To preserve its unique history and ensure its relevance for generations to come, a design team comprised of NBBJ in Los Angeles and EOP Architects of Lexington have come together to re-envision its future.

The new Convention Center exhibition space will be increased by over 50% and ballroom space by over 40%.  Upon completion in Spring 2022, Central Bank Center will have over 200,000 sf of flexible meeting and event space.


+51.5% increase from existing 66,000sf space


+38.2% increase from existing 17,600SF space


& 44,000SF of club and flexible spaces


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Messer Construction was awarded the $241 M winning contract bid, recommended by the Convention Center Expansion Project Committee.  The contract includes: demolition of the Jefferson Street Bridge, All new construction costs including 100,000 sq ft of exhibit halls, a 25,000 sq ft ballroom, 24,000 + sq ft of flexible meeting spaces and 60,000+ ft of pre-function and circulation space, new UK Hospitality Clubs, new upper arena chair back seats and new parking structures. Watch the expansion as it happens—LIVE!

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Rupp Arena Upgrades

Inside Rupp Arena, home to the University of Kentucky basketball program, the redesign includes upgrades to the upper seating bowl, approximately 50,000 sq ft of club space, expanded concourses and new sustainability features that will target LEED certification.

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Take a Closer Look

The redesign provides a transparent exterior for Rupp Arena and the convention center, with distinctive building identities and entrances. By making activities inside more visible, it encourages passersby to participate and links those inside to the city.  The design also includes a park, plaza and water features. Take a peek at what's to come and our progress so far!

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