The Yum! Center

The events on May 19 & 20, 2013 will be at the KFC Yum! Center in the heart of downtown Louisville at :

1 Arena Plaza

Louisville, Ky 


Located between 3rd street and the Clark Memorial Bridge on W. Main Street.

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Rules and Security Information

• Security screening will be required at all entry points for all events.

• Storage areas will not be provided.

• Events will be recorded by the organiser - Attendees may be photographed or recorded during the program.

• No outside food or beverage will be allowed.

• Expect traffic and parking delays. Please arrive 2 hours early. Doors will open two hours prior to each event.

All guests must present the following items at the security check-point:

• A driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification

• Your printed ticket(s). No electronic tickets will be accepted.

The following items will not be allowed into the venues

• Aerosol sprays, mace or pepper spray

• Ammunition (either real or simulated), firearms or weapons of any kind, pocket or hand tools (such as a Leatherman)

• Animals (other than guide/service dogs)

• Backpacks, bags larger than 9” x 11”,  large purses, packages or suitcases

• Bottles/cans, coolers, thermal or glass containers

• Food or beverages

• Gifts for the Dalai Lama, including flowers

• Posters, signs and placards (including support structures)

• Recording devices of any kind

• Strollers

• Umbrellas

• Any other items at the discretion of the security screeners that may pose a potential safety hazard.

Cell phones are permitted, but must be turned off during the program. Attendees are not allowed to record the Dalai Lama's remarks on May 19 or 20, and may be escorted from the Arena if not in compliance with posted security guidelines.

One clear plastic bottle of water per guest is permitted. Please help our recycling efforts.

Food and Drink

There will be a number of fast food outlets on the main concourse, serving hot and cold drinks and mainly vegetarian snacks and meals. No alcohol will be on sale in the Arena during the two days. In the immediate vicinity of the Arena, there is a good choice of restaurants and cafes. Louisville is famed for having some fabulous restaurants


There will be a number of stalls situated on the Concourse, with information about Tibet related organisations and selling Tibetan artifacts, books and gifts. There also will be information about Buddhist groups and organisations nationwide 

This will be open before and after session


DGI will be producing DVDs of all the events at The Yum Center. These can be ordered on the day at their DVD stand situated on the Concourse.

Address: DGI - DVD's 411 Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY 40207 

Wheelchair Accessible Seating
There is seating on the arena floor that is easily accessible to individuals in wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Please note that attendants of people in wheelchairs must have their own tickets.

Vision and Hearing Impaired Guest Accommodations

The arena will contain 2 jumbo-tron screens to enable guests with low vision to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama from their seats. There is a block of seating dedicated to our hearing-impaired guests, where a sign interpreter will assist with your enjoyment of the presentation. Please be sure to mention your special needs when booking your ticket.

Travel Information


More than 21,000 parking spaces are available within 5 blocks of the Yum Center. This includes more than 19,000 spaces at parking garages and surface lots, and more than 2,200 FREE on-street parking spaces.

To find the parking that meets your needs, traffic flow and other information, click on the links below.

Louisville Airport

For information about flights and shuttles:
Louisville (SDF) Airport

Drop-off point
There will be designated drop off points - To be confirmed

Where to stay
To find a list of hotels near the venue, open up your favorite search engine such as Google and type in “hotels near Downtown Louisville”  to perform a search. You may also use sites such as,,, etc., to find hotels that match your needs. Sites such as provide reviews from users.

The information above is provided to assist visitors. We make no claims about the accuracy of the information and we do not make endorsements of any hotels, restaurants or modes of transportation. All visitors are urged to do their own research to find lodging and transportation that best suits them.