Two bids received for naming rights for Lexington Convention Center

jtipton@herald-leader.comAugust 5, 2013 

Lexington Convention Center, October 7, 2003.

JANET WORNE | 2003 STAFF FILE PHOTO — LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER Buy Photo

Two bids have been made for the naming rights for a proposed renovated Lexington Convention Center, Mayor Jim Gray's office said Monday. Friday was the deadline to submit a naming rights bid.

The Rupp District subcommittee of the Lexington Center's board of directors will consider the two bids at a closed meeting the week of Aug. 19. The full board is expected to decide whether to accept one of the bids or reopen the process at a Sept. 19 meeting.

A renovated Lexington Convention Center would be part of Gray's idea to revitalize the city's downtown with an arts and entertainment district.

On a separate track is the idea of selling naming rights for a proposed renovation of Rupp Arena. Gray considers changing the name of Rupp Arena as a "last resort" to maximize funding for the project, spokeswoman Brenna Angel said. A plan to pay for such a renovation, which might or might not include the selling of Rupp Arena naming rights, is not expected until mid- to late fall, Angel said.

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