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Thompson-Boling Arena construction, 1986

Construction of the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, June 11, 1986. The home of the Tennessee men's and women's basketball teams opened in 1987 and is currently the third-largest on-campus basketball arena in the country with a seating capacity of 21,678. The distance from the playing floor to the roof is 120 feet, the equivalent of a 12-story building. In 2008 the stadium underwent a $35 million renovation that added loge seating and 32 luxury suites on the arena's north side. Only Syracuse's Carrier Dome, which also is utilized for football, and UNC's Dean Smith Center can seat more on-campus basketball fans. Men's basketball games against Kentucky occupy four of the top six attendance records at the stadium. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Construction of the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, June 11, 1986. The home of the Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams opened in 1987 and is currently the third-largest on-campus basketball arena in the country, with a seating capacity of 21,678. The distance from the playing floor to the roof is 120 feet, the equivalent of a 12-story building. In 2008, the stadium underwent a $35 million renovation that added loge seating and 32 luxury suites on the arena’s north side. Only Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, which also is used for football, and UNC’s Dean Smith Center can seat more on-campus basketball fans. Men’s basketball games against Kentucky account for four of the six highest-attended men’s games at the arena. The Cats play the Volunteers on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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University of Kentucky campus, 1954

1954 aerial view of the University of Kentucky campus, centered on a men's dormitory, to be named Donovan Hall, being built, center right, facing Rose Lane. It was completed in 1955 and named to honor the service of Herman L. Donovan, president of the University at that time. A livestock exhibition building is also in the process of being built, above and to the right of the dorm. This view of south campus precedes the building of the Medical Center, which would later sit where the open field is farther out Rose Lane closer to the intersection with South Limestone Street, seen at top right. In the upper middle of the image on the farmland is the future site of Commonwealth Satdium and the heavily treed area in the left of the image is now the site of the W.T. Young Library. Published in the Lexington Leader October 6, 1954.  Herald-Leader Archive Photo

A 1954 aerial view of the University of Kentucky campus, centered on a men’s dormitory, to be named Donovan Hall, being built, center right, facing Rose Lane. It was completed in 1955 and was named to honor the service of Herman L. Donovan, president of the university at that time. A livestock exhibition building also was being built, above and to the right of the dorm. This view of south campus precedes the building of the medical center, which would later sit where the open field is farther out Rose Lane, closer to the intersection with South Limestone, seen at top right. In the upper middle of the image on the farmland is the future site of Commonwealth Stadium, and the heavily wooded area to the left is now the site of the W.T. Young Library. Click on the image for a closer look, and click here to see a different view of campus nine years earlier. Published in the Lexington Leader on Oct. 6, 1954. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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View from Fayette County Courthouse bell tower, 1974

View from the old Fayette County Courthouse bell tower looking down on Cheapside Park and Main Street in December 1974. Photo by Tom Carter | Staff

A view from the old Fayette County Courthouse bell tower, looking down on Cheapside Park and Main Street in December 1974. Click here to see another view of the bell tower, looking toward Market and Short streets. Photo by Tom Carter | Staff

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José Ferrer and sons filming in Kentucky, 1982

Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer and sons Miguel, left, and Rafael, were in Woodford County in June 1982 for the filming of a Thoroughbred racing movie, “And They’re Off.” All three Ferrers had roles in the film, as did George Clooney in his first film role. José Ferrer, who won the 1950 best actor Oscar for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” was married twice to Kentucky native Rosemary Clooney, George’s aunt. Miguel and Rafael were two of their five children. Miguel Ferrer, who was 25 when this photo was taken, died Thursday at age 61. He had been fighting throat cancer. He had a long TV and film career, including key roles in the series “Twin Peaks,” “Crossing Jordand” and more recently “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He also had key roles in the films “Robocop,” “Traffic” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” “And They’re Off” had a $10 million budget but earned only $7 million at the box office. Published in the June 13, 1982 Sunday Herald-Leader. Photo by Joyce Rupolph.

Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer and sons Miguel, left, and Rafael, were in Woodford County in June 1982 for the filming of a Thoroughbred racing movie, “And They’re Off.” All three Ferrers had roles in the film, as did George Clooney in his first film role. José Ferrer, who won the 1950 best actor Oscar for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” was married twice to Kentucky native Rosemary Clooney, George’s aunt. Miguel and Rafael were two of their five children. Miguel Ferrer, who was 25 when this photo was taken, died Thursday at age 61. He had been fighting throat cancer. He had a long TV and film career, including key roles in the series “Twin Peaks,” “Crossing Jordan” and more recently “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He also had key roles in the films “Robocop,” “Traffic” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” “And They’re Off” had a $10 million budget but earned only $7 million at the box office. Published in the June 13, 1982, Sunday Herald-Leader. Photo by Joyce Rudolph.

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Rick Pitino introduced as Kentucky basketball coach, 1989

Rick Pitino during his introductory news conference as the University of Kentucky basketball coach, June 1, 1989. Behind Pitino to the right is the man who hired him, first year athletic director C.M. Newton. The 36-year-old coach of the NBA's New York Knicks said he was up to the challenge of guiding Kentucky out of cloud of NCAA sanctions. "Sanctions and probations just make it a little bit tougher," Pitino said in a Patterson Office Tower board room packed with reporters, 15 television cameras and UK officials. "But we will overcome all obstacles in making Kentucky basketball rich again." Kentucky faced a ban on post-season play for two years, a ban on live television appearances in 1989-90 and scholarship reductions resulting from an investigation that unveiled such NCAA rules violations as the sending of $1,000 to a recruit's father and cheating on a college entrance exam. Newton called Pitino's hiring the "first step in rebuilding the basketball program." In his remarks Pitino referred to a recent Sports Illustrated cover story, headlined "Kentucky's Shame," that outlined the UK program he inherited. "I promise to you people in this room today you'll see Kentucky on the cover of Sports Illustrated once again," Pitino said, "and it will be cutting down certain nets. It won't be for what you saw last week." Photo by David Sterling | staff

Rick Pitino during his introductory news conference as the University of Kentucky basketball coach on June 1, 1989. Behind Pitino to the right is the man who hired him, first-year athletic director C.M. Newton. Pitino, 36, the coach of the NBA’s New York Knicks, said he was up to the challenge of guiding Kentucky out of its cloud of NCAA sanctions. “Sanctions and probations just make it a little bit tougher,” Pitino said in a Patterson Office Tower board room packed with reporters, 15 television cameras and UK officials. “But we will overcome all obstacles in making Kentucky basketball rich again.” Kentucky faced a ban on postseason play for two years, a ban on live television appearances in the 1989-90 season, and scholarship reductions as a result of an investigation that unveiled NCAA rules violations including the sending of $1,000 to a recruit’s father and cheating on a college entrance exam. Newton called Pitino’s hiring the “first step in rebuilding the basketball program.” In his remarks, Pitino referred to a recent Sports Illustrated cover story, headlined “Kentucky’s Shame,” that outlined the UK program he inherited. “I promise to you people in this room today, you’ll see Kentucky on the cover of Sports Illustrated once again,” Pitino said, “and it will be cutting down certain nets. It won’t be for what you saw last week.” Pitino and current UK basketball coach John Calipari discussed the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry, Pitino’s early days at UK and their introductions to coaching during an hourlong podcast that Calipari released recently. Photo by David Sterling | Staff

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State basketball tournament at Memorial Coliseum, 1956

Memorial Coliseum in Lexington March 17, 1956 as Henderson beat Bell County 78-63 in the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament semi-final game. Henderson went on to play in the championship game, losing to Carr Creek 72-68. The 1956 tournament often is regarded as the most memorable thanks to an abundance of last-second heroics, a collection of schools with exceptional basketball pedigrees and the record-setting dominance of Wayland’s “King” Kelly Coleman, a player as mythical in the moment as he is today. Click here to read an oral history of that tournament curated from new and existing interviews. And clcik here to read other stories in our series, The Sweetest Century, highlighting memorable moments from the state tournament’s 100 year history. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

Memorial Coliseum in Lexington on March 17, 1956, when Carr Creek beat Wayland, 68-66, in a semifinal game at the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament. Henderson won the other semifinal, 78-63,  advancing to the championship game and losing to Carr Creek, 72-68. The 1956 tournament often is regarded as the most memorable thanks to an abundance of last-second heroics, a collection of schools with exceptional basketball pedigrees, and the record-setting dominance of Wayland’s “King” Kelly Coleman, a player as mythical in the moment as he is today. Click here to read an oral history of that tournament, curated from new and existing interviews. And click here to read other stories in our series, “The Sweetest Century,” highlighting memorable moments from the state tournament’s 100-year history. Many of the seats shown here were removed during a 1990 renovation for what is today called the Joe Craft Center, housing offices for men’s and women’s basketball and athletic administrators. Click on the image for a closer look and note that the benches are on the baseline. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Snowstorm cripples Kentucky, 1994

One of the worst snowstorms in 16 years stunned Kentucky Jan. 18, 1994, closing virtually every main road and airport, causing hundreds of accidents and bringing sub-zero temperatures. Snow depths ranged from 3 inches in southwestern Kentucky to 25 inches in Robertson County, the hardest hit spot in the state. Lexington had 10.2 inches. Louisville had 15.9 inches. Gov. Brereton Jones declared a state of emergency and closed all of the interstates — I-75, I-71, I-64, I-65 and I-24 — and the Blue Grass Parkway. Police, however, were too understaffed to enforce the closures. Most county and state roads were blocked because of accidents or closed by local officials, state police said. Jackknifed tractor-trailers littered the highways. Hundreds of motorists were stranded. There was little room for rescue workers to get through to help them. Shown here, southbound traffic on I-75 was frozen in its tracks near the Corinth exit south of Dry Ridge after the interstate was shut down. Grant County Department of Emergency Services coordinator Rick Willoby said crews can't clear the roads until those trucks are moved, and it's been difficult to find enough equipment to tow tractor-trailers out of the way. In Lexington the high was 4 degrees and the low was -9, breaking a a 64-year-old record by three degrees for the date. City workers spent most of yesterday clearing roads and towing more than 100 cars from the main arteries. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

One of the worst snowstorms in 16 years stunned Kentucky on Jan. 18, 1994, closing virtually every main road and airport, causing hundreds of accidents and bringing subzero temperatures. Snow depths ranged from 3 inches in southwestern Kentucky to 25 inches in Robertson County, the hardest-hit spot in the state. Lexington had 10.2 inches, and Louisville had 15.9 inches. Gov. Brereton Jones declared a state of emergency and closed all of the interstates — I-75, I-71, I-64, I-65 and I-24 — and the Blue Grass Parkway. Police, however, were too understaffed to enforce the closings. Most county and state roads were blocked because of accidents or were closed by local officials, state police said. Jackknifed tractor-trailers littered the highways. Hundreds of motorists were stranded. There was little room for rescue workers to get through to help them. Shown here, southbound traffic on I-75 was stopped near the Corinth exit south of Dry Ridge after the interstate was shut down. Grant County Department of Emergency Services coordinator Rick Willoby said crews couldn’t clear the roads until the trucks were moved, and it was difficult to find enough equipment to tow tractor-trailers out of the way. In Lexington, the high was 4 degrees and the low was minus-9, breaking a a 64-year-old record for that date by three degrees. City workers spent most of the day clearing roads and towing more than 100 cars from the main arteries. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Lexington’s Harry Sykes, 1968

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, center, shook hands with Governor A.B. Happy Chandler after arriving at Lexington's Blue Grass Field, Feb 13, 1968, before beginning a two-day tour of poverty areas in Eastern Kentucky. At left is Harry Sikes, Lexington's first black city commissioner. Lexington's Red Mile Place, off Versailles Road, was recently renamed to Harry Sykes Way in honor of the former mayor pro tem and vice mayor. Click here to see an image of Sykes being sworn in as a city commissioner. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, center, shook hands with former Gov. A.B. “Happy” Chandler on Feb. 13, 1968, after arriving at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field for a two-day tour of impoverished areas in Eastern Kentucky. At left is Harry Sykes, Lexington’s first black city commissioner. Lexington’s Red Mile Place, off Versailles Road, was recently renamed Harry Sykes Way in honor of the former mayor pro tem and vice mayor. Click here to see an image of Sykes being sworn in as a city commissioner. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Jackie Robinson at Frankfort civil rights rally, 1964

Former Brooklyn Dodgers ballplayer Jackie Robinson addressed a crowd of 10,000 at a civil rights rally at the state capitol in Frankfort, March 5, 1964. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders led the peaceful demonstration, calling for a “good public accommodations bill” to prohibit segregation and discrimination in stores, restaurants, theaters and businesses. At right is photographer Bill Strode, who was on assignment for the Louisville Courier Journal. Herald-Leader Archive photo

Former Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson addressed a crowd of 10,000 at a civil rights rally on March 5, 1964, at the state capitol in Frankfort. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders led the peaceful demonstration, calling for a “good public accommodations bill” to prohibit segregation and discrimination in stores, restaurants, theaters and businesses. At right is photographer Bill Strode, who was on assignment for the Louisville Courier Journal. Click here to see a photo from our archives of King addressing the crowd. And click here to see an image of the large crowd. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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University of Kentucky campus, 1945-46

Aerial picture of the University of Kentucky campus during the 1945-46 school year. Downtown Lexington visible in background. South Limestone is seen running diagonally up from the bottom of the photo, while Rose Street moves vertically up the image. In between the two streets on campus is Memorial Hall, and Stoll Field. Directly behind Stoll Field is the future site of Memorial Coliseum, which started to be built shorty after this picture. Further in the background, at about exactly the middle of the image, is downtown Lexington, featuring  Lexington’s first skyscraper, the First National Building. Herald-Leader archive photo

An aerial picture of the University of Kentucky campus during the 1945-46 school year. Downtown Lexington visible in background. South Limestone is seen running diagonally up from the bottom of the photo, while Rose Street moves vertically up the image. Between the two streets on campus are Memorial Hall and Stoll Field. Directly behind Stoll Field is the future site of Memorial Coliseum, which was under construction shortly after this picture. Further in the background, about exactly the middle of the image, is downtown Lexington, featuring Lexington’s first skyscraper, the First National Building. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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