Photo renderings of Kentucky Wildcats' new Rupp Arena

Dec 28, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats fans watch the team warm up before the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Since opening in 1976, Rupp Arena, home to the Kentucky Wildcats has served as one of the most popular venues in NCAA basketball.

There have been numerous ‘changes’ to the arena over the years, but it’s time for a total facelift and the end result is going to be pretty impressive.

While the Wildcats aren’t the only ones to use Rupp, they are the primary tenant and stand to be the biggest beneficiary of the upgrades. Below is a small sampling of what the ‘new’ arena is to look like. The design will be handled by architect who redesigned UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion which has been given glowing reviews since it re-opened.

The Wildcats (in past years) have usually found themselves atop the NCAA leaderboard in attendance figures (if they weren’t on top) and the revamped arena should only add to that.

Pretty impressive digs, eh?

The last large renovation came in 2001 when the scoreboards, locker rooms and new lower bowl seats were changed/added. Rupp Arena, in it’s current state, has no luxury boxes though that will likely change.

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