2018 Sports Facilities Guide: Lexington, Ketucky

By Sponsored Content, May 13, 2018

Lexington is centrally located at the crossroads of the eastern United States beside I-75 and I-64. It is the Horse Capital of the World and home to unique sports venues at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race Course and the Kentucky Basketball Academy. The Bluegrass Region surrounds Lexington is home to over 450 horse farms and many of Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon distilleries along the Bourbon Trail. VisitLEX stands ready to help with facility location, hotel room coordination and services before, during and after your event!

Alltech Arena At The Kentucky Horse Park

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park

The championship-size show ring is 135 feet by 300 feet and enclosed by a concrete solid wall. Arena flooring is sand/loam mix, and the base is clay. Arena is suitable for basketball, concerts, circus, wrestling, and trade shows and conventions with flooring installed. Flooring rental is available. Ceiling height at center from floor to steel is 50 feet. Ceiling height at concourse from floor to steel is 13 feet 3 inches and 10 feet 5 inches to HVAC ductwork. Total permanent seating capacity is 5,512; there are 5,290 general stadium seats and 222 VIP box seats. Expanded concert floor seating to 8,500 total capacity.

Alltech Arena At The Kentucky Horse Park

Quick Facts
Total Space 40,500-sq.-ft. Championship Show Ring with 12,718-sq.-ft. attached warmup arena
Largest Contiguous Space 40,500 square feet
Meeting Rooms On-Site Yes
Union Facility No
Permanent Seating 5,512
Ceiling Height 50 ft.
Column-Free Yes
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 3,500

Nicole Rivera, Director of Special Events

Transy Athletics Field

Transylvania Athletics Complex

Home to the university’s field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field teams, the Transylvania Athletics Complex features an 860-seat grandstand, an eight-lane track and an artificial turf field that has been in use since October 2013. The 18,000-sq.-ft. field house provides locker and conference rooms, coaches’ offices, a sports medicine facility, concessions, a ticket booth and public restrooms. Transylvania University dedicated its new $10 million Athletics Complex on April 26, 2014.

Transylvania Athletics Complex

Quick Facts
Distance From Downtown 1 mile
Total Space 10 acres; 18,000-sq.-ft. field house
Permanent Lighting Yes
Parking On-Site Yes
Permanent Restrooms Yes
Permanent Seating 860
Hotel Rooms Within a 10-Minute Drive 3,500

Leigh Oakley

Destination Facts

Hotel Rooms Downtown 858
Hotel Rooms in Surrounding Area 7,900
Restaurants 280
Sports Venues 15
Largest Indoor Venue Rupp Arena
Largest Outdoor Venue Rolex Stadium
Closest Airport Bluegrass

Recently Hosted

> NCAA Women’s DI Basketball Regional Championships
> NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championships
> Breeders Cup Championships

What’s Next

> US Dressage 2018 Finals
> SEC 2019 Cross Country Championships
> 2019 American Eventing Championships
> 2021 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball 1st & 2nd Round

Key Indoor Venues

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Basketball Academy
Rupp Arena/Lexington Convention Center

Key Outdoor Venues

Masterson Station Park
Transylvania University Track Complex
Kentucky Horse Park Polo Complex


John V. Pohl, Director of Sports and Equine Sales