Formerly Louisville Downtown Arena, KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, sits on the bank of the Ohio River at One Arena Plaza. Opened on October 10, 2010, the venue is named after KFC and Yum!, its parent brand. Owned by the Louisville Arena Authority, KFC Yum! Center cost $450 million to build and included the construction of a flood wall and a 975-space parking structure. Housing the men's and women's basketball teams from the University of Kentucky, the project is the second-largest college arena in the state of Kentucky and the third largest in the United States. Inside, the three-story building is decorated in red, white and gold with stairs to the second level and escalators to the top. The floor of the capacious 14,000-square-foot lobby is polished to a brilliant sheen. In addition to basketball, KFC Yum! Center showcases performances such as the Backstreet Boys, Disney on Ice, Phil Collins and Carrie Underwood. Find KFC Yum! Center tickets at StubHub.
What is the seating capacity at KFC Yum! Center?
The venue has a maximum seating capacity of 22,090 seats. On March 9, 2019, heavy metal band Metallica set the record for the highest attendance with a crowd of 23,085. The end stage concert seating capacity is 17,500; half house events seat 11,000. KFC Yum! Center seating includes 212 wheelchair-accessible and 121 companion seats.
How do I get to KFC Yum! Center?
Interstate 64 runs parallel to the river directly in front of the venue, so access by car is easy. In addition to the parking garage beneath the venue and ample spaces nearby. Pre-book your space at StubHub. The Second Street ramp can become congested, so visitors returning to Ohio can save time by taking the ramp at Eighth and Ninth Streets. To avoid traffic and reduce your carbon imprint, you can also walk, use public transport or ride a bicycle. The Transport Authority of River City (TARC) operates a bus service with 43 routes covering the city.
What are the catering arrangements at KFC Yum! Center?
An 8,750-square-foot sports bar on the Main Concourse overlooks the Ohio River. Conveniently distributed throughout the KFC Yum! Center are a large number of restaurants. Visitors may select from tacos, pizza, pie and ice cream, KFC, and portable vendors selling roasted nuts, pretzels, popcorn and other snacks. Dining opportunities around the venue include The Old Spaghetti Factory and Don Crow's Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
Located within easy walking distance are the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, which is where you can tour the distillery and sample a range of whiskies and bourbons (infants and children in strollers welcome); Louisville Waterfront Park, an 85-acre municipal park adjacent to the Ohio River; and the Kentucky International Convention Center, a venue housing such events as the Rainbow Dance and the NPC Derby Championship.
What are the names of some hotels near the KFC Yum! Center?
Hotels within walking distance of the KFC Yum! Center include the Galt House Hotel, 21C Museum Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center.Back to Top