Rupp Arena

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Lexington KY, United States

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Rupp Arena is an arena located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. It is the centerpiece of Lexington Center, a convention and shopping facility owned by an arm of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington’s consolidated city-county government. The arena was the host of the 1985 NCAA Final Four, won in an upset by Villanova.


The arena’s primary tenant is the men’s basketball program of the University of Kentucky (although the women’s team has seen a great increase in the number of games it has played there in recent years, particularly an upset in early 2006 of the Tennessee Lady Vols); it also formerly hosted the Kentucky Thoroughblades (currently the Worcester Sharks) and the Lexington Men O’ War minor-league hockey teams, and continues to host Lexington Horsemen arena football (capacity 7,550), numerous concerts (theater capacity 2,300; concert hall 10,000; arena capacity 23,500), conventions, and other events. It is named after UK coaching legend Adolph Rupp, and opened in 1976, a little more than a year before Rupp’s death in late 1977. Since the 1985 Final Four, Rupp Arena has hosted a number of NCAA Tournament regional games, most recently in 2002 when Indiana upset top-ranked Duke and went on to lose in the national championship game to Maryland.

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430 West Vine Street
Lexington KY 40507
United States
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Tuesday 20 October 2015
The 1989 World Tour
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Rupp Arena
Lexington KY, United States
38.049229 -84.501036
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