KFC Yum Center
KFC Yum! Center / LouisvilleKY
How can a multi-purpose venue build community and drive economic growth?

Filling a brownfield site along the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the KFC Yum! Center serves as more than a home for the University of Louisville men's and women’s basketball programs. Its 22,090 seats provide vantage points for viewing a wide range of events from wrestling, swimming, and volleyball to concerts, circus performances, and ice shows. A large exterior plaza with views of the city provides additional venue space.

Equal opportunity and local employment were key in realizing the goals of the Louisville community. The entire project team worked together to ensure minorities, women, and local residents from Kentucky and Southern Indiana were involved in the construction. The “Pipeline Project” was created to train local workers and opened the door for residents to begin careers in construction and related trades. Over 3,500 workers helped build the arena, exceeding participation goals and setting new standards in Louisville.

Beyond workforce growth, KFC Yum! Center sparked economic growth in downtown Louisville through tourism, nightlife, and shopping. Mortenson delivered the project under budget and five weeks early, allowing the owner to generate millions of dollars in additional revenue.

Facts And Figures

Louisville Arena Authority

Completed October 2010


722,000 square feet

22,090 seats

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager at Risk

The Team



Honor Award - National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, 2011

KFC Yum! Center Special Recognition Award - Kentuckiana Minority Business Council (KMBC), 2010