November 2012

Arena fun facts

Arena fun facts

When the KFC Yum! Center opened in 2010 in Louisville, Ky., it was the city's newest multipurpose arena in 54 years. The 721,762-square-foot arena houses 22,000 seats, seven levels, 72 suites, 62 premium boxes and six lounges, among other features.

Following are some fun facts about the arena, according to

  • Structural steel placed in the arena weighs almost 6 million pounds—the same weight as 746 average-sized Asian elephants.
  • The arena's catwalk is about 1/2 of a mile long.
  • The arena's escalators are 556 linear feet—the same length as a line of 733 basketballs.
  • Churchill Downs' Twin Spires would fit from the court floor to the roof's underside.
  • The center's scoreboard weighs 40,000 pounds—as much as 11 Ford Explorers.
  • There are 322 miles of electrical wiring installed in the arena, which is enough to stretch from Louisville to Chicago.
  • The arena's overall square footage is equal to about 13 football fields.
  • Sixty-thousand cubic yards of concrete were placed in the arena, equaling 6,000 concrete trucks and representing 25 miles of concrete trucks parked bumper to bumper.

This Web exclusive information is a supplement to Eye on arena roofing.