Eye on arena roofing

Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal serves up a new roof system on Louisville's new KFC Yum!® Center

The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., is the city's newest multipurpose arena in 54 years. Opening its doors Oct. 10, 2010, the 721,762-square-foot space boasts 22,000 seats, seven levels, 72 suites, 62 premium boxes, six lounges, four meeting rooms and a 1 1/2-acre landscaped entry plaza. Home to the University of Louisville's men's and women's basketball programs, it is an ideal venue for concerts, family shows, conventions, corporate gatherings and various sporting events.

Opening act

Located inside the main lobby, the University of Louisville's Hall of Honor features a list of the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame members and an interactive display offering biographical information and career highlights of each inductee. Proudly displayed are the 1980 and 1986 NCAA Men's National Championship trophies and the 2009 NCAA Women's National Championship Runner-up trophy.

Located on the main concourse's east and west sides is the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The display showcases Hall of Fame athletes in various sports as well as coaches, contributors and icons of the Bluegrass State. Also on the main concourse's west side is a 3-D stainless-steel sculpture suspended from aircraft cables spanning 200 feet. The encompassing public art piece was commissioned to showcase the facility's design.

The idea for the state-of-the-art arena was generated in 2005 with the creation of the Louisville Arena Task Force under the direction of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R). In 2006, the task force formed the Louisville Arena Authority, which owns the facility. The Louisville Arena Authority guided the development, financing and construction process of the $238 million arena and selected the financing, construction, design and management partners, which includes the Kentucky State Fair Board as the current managing and operating entity.