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Adolph Rupp mixes mortar for Memorial Coliseum, 1949

Posted on July 22, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp mixes mortar during a cornerstone-laying ceremony Feb 21, 1949 at the construction site of Memorial Coliseum. Completed in 1950, Memorial Coliseum not only served as home-court for the Wildcats, it's also a memorial to the more than 10,000 Kentuckians killed in World War I and the Korean Conflict. The UK men's basketball team played in Memorial from 1950 to 1976, compiling a record of 306-38 (.890).

University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp mixed mortar during a cornerstone-laying ceremony on Feb. 21, 1949, at the construction site of Memorial Coliseum. Completed in 1950, Memorial Coliseum was the longtime home court for the Wildcats and a memorial to the more than 10,000 Kentuckians killed in World War II and the Korean War. The names of Kentuckians killed in the Vietnam War were added later. The UK men’s basketball team played in Memorial from 1950 to 1976, compiling a record of 306-38 (.890). Click on the photo for a closer look and click here to see more images from our archives of Memorial Coliseum, including state basketball tournaments, a Jimmy Buffet concert and more. 

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