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Local News
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

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The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.

The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had until late April to have financing in place. They were later given a month-long deadline.

The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.

The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.

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6:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

After Issues in 2012, Kentucky State Fair Considers Plans for Better Parking

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After issues with automated gates in 2012, the Kentucky State Fair Board is working on a plan to ease traffic congestion into the 2013 state fair.

In 2011, automated parking gates were installed with the intention of getting fair-goers into the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center faster.

They didn’t. The automated machines took too long to accept bills, and sometimes patrons had to insert bills multiple times. Traffic began to congest at gates.

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Local News
4:27 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Fair Board OKs Agreement to Get $1.47 Million Payment to Sever KFC Yum Center Ties

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The relationship between the Kentucky State Fair Board and the KFC Yum Center has moved closer to conclusion with the fair board’s approval of a compensation plan for its costs from running the arena.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Grandstands Too Deteriorated to Use for Kentucky State Fair

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The grandstands of Cardinal Stadium—the old one—have deteriorated to a point where repairs aren't cost effective, the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center announced Friday.

Because of this, the free concerts for this year's Kentucky State Fair will be moved entirely to the field.

"Without that repair, it just simply wouldn't be in our best interest to have people in the grandstands in the future," said Rip Rippetoe, president and chief executive of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

For this year's state fair, chairs and bleachers will be placed on the field.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

The now-shuttered Kentucky Kingdom.
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Gov. Steve Beshear says he approves of a plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

State Fair Board Approves Budget For Fiscal 2013

The Kentucky State Fair Board has approved its operating budget for fiscal 2013 that includes a projected deficit of more than $5.4 million.

Business First reports that the budget was approved during Thursday' monthly fair board meeting.

The budget forecasts a net income of more than 476-thousand dollars but also projects nearly $3.7 million in capital expenses and $2.3 million in construction expenses.

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Local News
10:51 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Arena Authority Chooses Manager for KFC YUM! Center

Los Angeles based AEG Worldwide has been chosen to enter into contract negotiations with the Arena Authority.
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The new manager of the KFC YUM! Center will likely be a familiar partner.

The Arena Authority’s executive committee has chosen Los Angeles’s AEG Worldwide to enter into contract negotiations and replace the Kentucky State Fair Board. The company already books events in the center, which Arena Authority Chairman Larry Hayes said was a major reason for its selection.

The Arena Authority chose to disconnect from the state fair board earlier this year after a consulting firm said the state’s operating costs were high.

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Local News
8:30 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Arena Authority Wants New Management; Indiana Will Pay for East End Tunnel

It's been a busy few months for the Kentucky Fair Board; most recently, the Arena Authority voted Monday to pursue new management for the YUM Center. The Courier-Journal's Marcus Green joined us on Friday's Byline to catch us up.

Later in the segment, Marcus was joined by the Indianapolis Star's Chris Sikich. Both reporters have covered the bridges project and they talked about the latest in bridge news.