Host To Step Down From Arena Authority

One year after the opening of the KFC Yum Center, Louisville Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host is stepping down. Host is also chair of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM, which is the economic partnership between Louisville and Lexington. “I’m a glutton for punishment,” he jokes, saying that BEAM will consume most of his […]

Louisville Arena Authority Looking to Commission Art

The Louisville Arena Authority is looking to install a large-scale piece of artwork in the new arena under construction at Second and Main streets. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. The Arena Authority received 75 submissions after putting out a call out to artists in November about the opportunity to create artwork for the arena, noting […]

Arena Construction Workers To Soon Number About 600

Construction of Louisville’s new downtown arena is expected to move into a new phase soon as crews continue enclosing the facility and Second and Main Streets.           Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host says that means the number of workers on the job will also rise sharply. “(There are) close to 400 on the site now, and […]

More Arena Sponsorships Announced

Three more companies have signed on as corporate sponsors for the new Louisville arena under construction at Second and Main Streets. They include the investment firm Hilliard Lyons, which signed a ten-year deal to be a “Cornerstone Partner” in the facility. Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host says Hilliard Lyons was instrumental in helping obtain financing […]

OSHA Report On Arena Mishap Expected Soon

A state Occupational Health and Safety Administration report on last month’s floor collapse at the new Louisville arena site could be issued this week. Three workers were injured on April 27 when a section of concrete floor gave way. An investigation by the arena’s construction manager blamed human error for the collapse. Arena Authority Chairman […]

Host: Arena Construction "On Schedule, On Budget"

The construction manager for the Louisville arena project says there are currently about 250 workers on the job site, but that number will eventually swell to about 750. Mortensen Construction executive Bill Hedge says the project will ramp up with the addition of structural steel and exterior enclosures on the facility at Second and Main […]