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Adolph Rupp coached the Kentucky Wildcats from 1930 to 1972. One of the most memorable and important games during Rupp's career was the 1966 championship game against Texas Western (now University of Texas-El Paso). That game marked the first occurrance that an all-white starting five (Kentucky) played an all-black starting five (Texas Western) in the championship game.
Built by the city of Lexington, Rupp Arena is the major portion of the $53 million Lexington Center complex, which includes an expanded convention-exhibition hall, a 50-store tri-level enclosed shopping mall and a Hyatt Regency Hotel. The arena is equipped with a specially designed sound system nicknamed “Big Bertha,” and features high-level lighting for events and television coverage.