Beshear, Gray make radio push for Rupp renovation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A day after the University of Kentucky released a scathing letter regarding a proposed Rupp Arena renovation, both Governor Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray spoke on local radio to address issue. The men were already scheduled to talk Rupp on Kentucky Sports Radio programming Friday morning.

Mayor Gray and Governor Beshear were both very vocal about the financing needed to make renovations happen at Rupp. Both talked about the need for solidifying plans for Rupp renovations.

Governor Beshear was very candid in his conversation, saying the University of Kentucky, although they support plans to renovate, does not want to be out in front on this issue. That, Beshear said, has created uncertainty in the minds of legislators. He says that it has also led to a perception of confusion.

"I'm gonna sit down with UK, and I'm gonna sit down with the civic center and talk with the mayor and we're gonna try to find a path forward," said Governor Steve Beshear, "I think everybody in their own way thinks this is important. And we've just got to find the common ground to make it happen."

Mayor Gray called the plans for renovation very complex, but solid.

"At the end of the day this is really all about raising the economy and improving our city, improving our state," said Mayor Jim Gray, "this is a project that's so important to our city, to the university, to the program, to the state."

Leaders at the Lexington Center say the uncertainty of Rupp renovations are hurting bookings.

KHSAA says the Boys Sweet 16 is set to happen at Rupp through 2018. They've been assured possible plans to renovate won't interrupt their big event.

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