February 10th, 2011
Wildcat Coal Lodge Will Exhibit a Tribute to Coal
The Herald Leader
The University of Kentucky’s new $8 million Wildcat Coal Lodge won’t just refer to coal mining in its name.
According to the agreement between the donors who gave the money — many of them coal operatives — and the University of Kentucky, the lobby of the dorm for the UK men’s basketball team will be the home of a tribute exhibit to the coal industry.
Joseph W. Craft III, who heads Alliance Coal and is a UK graduate, organized a group of donors to give $7 million for the building; an anonymous donor later gave an additional $1 million, UK officials said.
The lodge, which will be near Memorial Coliseum, will be 20,000 square feet and house 32 students.
The gift agreement, obtained by the Herald-Leader under the state’s Open Records Act, said the building “will include an exhibit in the primary entrance lobby which presents in print, photographic, sound, video, DVD and/or other format, a discussion of and tribute to the importance of the coal industry to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which exhibit shall be reasonably acceptable to Craft.”