A steelworker welds away on new additions to the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. (Photo courtesy of Rupp Arena)

According to Bill Owen, president and CEO of the Lexington Center Corporation, the first performers at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., didn’t need much when it came to audio equipment.

“When Rupp was first opened in 1976, Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty brought a guitar, and a little bit of production equipment hung from the ceiling,” Owen said. Performers w...

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