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UK to open production studio at Central Bank Center

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A new 20,000 square foot production and research space in the Central Bank Center’s Rupp Arena will be used by University of Kentucky sports media students.

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Students interested in sports media at the University of Kentucky will soon have access to a new production and research space at Rupp Arena at the Central Bank Center, the the university announced on Wednesday.

The 20,000 square foot studio, production facility and research space at the Central Bank Center will enable UK students, faculty and staff interested in sports media to work alongside UK media and marketing teams . The space is a partnership between the College of Communication and Information, UK Athletics and JMI Sports, said Jennifer Greer, Dean of the UK College of Communication and Information.

“We’ve been training students in broadcasting and media production for more than 70 years in various spaces on campus,” Greer said. “This space represents a significant step forward in providing a collaborative venue where our educational programs can be taken to the next level through an innovative partnership with athletics and the university’s media rights partner, JMI Sports. “

The new space will be located on the first floor of the pavilion in the renovated Central Bank Center and will include a production center, as well as space for faculty and students to conduct research, Greer said. The UK has a sports communication track within the Department of Communication, as well as a sports track within the School of Journalism and Media.

“We believe deeply in the imperative of putting students first in everything we do,” said Tim Bernal, deputy executive director of sports/external operations for UK Athletics. “This extends to our field and field students as well as those who work alongside us in media and sports production. Our goal is to be the best in every sport and in every program. This studio aligns with this goal of providing the best opportunities for all of our students.

The new space will replace the 6,000 square feet of studio space in the Taylor Education Building in the UK, which will be redeveloped, the university said. The studio is expected to open in fall 2023, Greer said.

“This studio and production space provides an opportunity for the College of Communication and Information to engage more actively with the UK Sports Network in a highly visible facility in the heart of Lexington town centre, demonstrating a collaboration between athletics , the campus and the inner city community,” said Kim Shelton, UK Sports and Campus Marketing President.

The partners “envision the facility as a true collaborative space,” allowing students to work alongside professionals and work in sports media, the university said in a press release.

“Central Bank Center has a long and wonderful partnership with the University of Kentucky,” said Bob Elliston, president of Lexington Center Corporation. “Using the transformative investments that have been made in the expanded Central Bank Center campus as part of educational opportunities for college students is a natural extension of this partnership, and we commend the college, athletic department, and JMI for their leadership”

Monica Kast covers higher education for the Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. Previously, she covered higher education in Tennessee for the Knoxville News Sentinel. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Western Kentucky University.
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