KFC Yum! Center


Kentucky Fair Board


Size: 721,000 SF

Seats: 22,100 basketball / 23,000 concerts

Roof Span: 406 feet

Architect: Populous

KFC Yum! Center


With no professional sports teams in the state of Kentucky, University of Louisville basketball enjoys a widespread and uniquely devoted following. The Cardinals’ new home, the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center, was designed to be “the finest college basketball facility ever built.” Voted among the top 10 “Venues that Rock” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the arena is also an iconic landmark for the city of Louisville that combines unsurpassed basketball facilities, amenities, club spaces, suites and premium seating with the maximum flexibility of a public, multi-purpose venue. 

Built on a prominent but tightly confined and flood-prone riverfront site in downtown Louisville, the KFC Yum! Center was constructed upon the remains of a major energy production facility, much of which remained in place as the new facility was built. As structural engineer, Walter P Moore developed a foundation system for the new arena that was interwoven around a labyrinth of existing underground obstructions, saving the time and costs to remove them. We evaluated dozens of structural concepts before selecting an innovative 406 ft. span truss solution to efficiently frame the distinctive curved roof and provide a fully integrated scoreboard and rigging support system.