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Always hated those red ducts at Rupp? Now they’re Kentucky blue

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Rupp Arena after the air ducts and rigging grid were repainted blue.
Rupp Arena after the air ducts and rigging grid were repainted blue. Rupp Arena

If you’ve always disliked the prominent red duct work above the court in Rupp Arena, here’s some welcome news.

Rupp Arena posted video and photos this week of all that duct work (and pretty much anything red) getting a fresh coat of Kentucky blue paint.

It’s the latest change at Rupp, which recently removed the “Big Bertha” sound system that hung above the court. Bertha came down to make way for a sleek, state-of-the-art, center-hung scoreboard with LED viewing screens on all four sides. It’s one of several technology upgrades for Rupp.

Big Bertha, the speaker system used at Rupp Arena, designed by Merrill Richardson, was lowered in a private ceremony before being disassembled this week for a newer video speaker system to replace it.

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