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The Kentucky State Fair Board paid for the re-painting of the court in Freedom Hall, according to a public relations person with the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Edward Brown said the Fair Board paid “in the neighborhood” of $10,000 to $12,000 to switch the court from University of Louisville red with a Cardinal logo at center court to University of Kentucky blue with an interlocking “U” and “K” at center court.
“It’s been in the works for some time,” Brown said. “It didn’t just occur in the last couple weeks.”
UK will be part of a double-header in Freedom Hall Wednesday night. The Cats play Notre Dame in the nightcap. Arkansas plays Seton Hall in the first game.
The games are part of the Southeastern Conference-Big East series.
The change to UK colors had produced “quite a bit of positive interest,” Brown said. “No one said, ‘Oh, no, I can’t believe they put that in there’ or ‘Shame on them’ kind of thing.”
The court trimmed in blue contrasts with the red seats in Freedom Hall’s lower seating sections, Brown said.
But there are no plans to change the color of the seats.
“No, that won’t happen,” Brown said. “Those seats are just a couple years old. They’ll stay as is.”