Interview with Roy Holsclaw, October 11, 2018

Project: University of Kentucky Athletics: Men's Basketball Oral History Project

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Dr. Roy Holsclaw was on the medical-dental staff for University of Kentucky athletics from 1959-1983. He has not missed a home UK football game since 1958, and has only missed two basketball games in that time. Dr. Holsclaw was instrumental in the planning and construction of the UK football stadium (then called Commonwealth Stadium) and the arena for UK basketball, Rupp Arena. In this interview, he details the process of the construction of those arenas, from the planning committees to opening day. He discusses the feasibility studies, why the location of Rupp Arena was moved from the UK campus to downtown Lexington, the support and doubts of many members of the community, and the arenas' effects on Lexington. He talks about his relationship with Joe B. Hall, the invention of Wildcat Slush, and his involvement in the planning and construction of the Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge.

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2018oh590_af954

Interviewee Name

Roy Holsclaw

Interviewer Name

Kyle Macy

Interview Date

2018-10-11

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Holsclaw, Roy Interview by Kyle Macy. 11 Oct. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Holsclaw, R. (2018, October 11). Interview by K. Macy. University of Kentucky Athletics: Men's Basketball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Holsclaw, Roy, interview by Kyle Macy. October 11, 2018, University of Kentucky Athletics: Men's Basketball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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