The University of Louisville stands on the forefront of athletic facilities with the construction of Cardinal Park, one of the Commonwealth's largest sports complexes, serving both the university and the surrounding community.
Cardinal Park, which serves as a front lawn for the University bordering Interstate 65, offers an unprecedented opportunity for the University of Louisville to attract more qualified students, establish an extensive women's sports program, expand the distinguished tradition of nurturing athletic talent and contribute to the community.
In the middle of Cardinal Park is the Track and Soccer Stadium, which features a state-of-the-art track encircling a playing field for the Cardinals' soccer teams. The lighted stadium provides bleacher seating for approximately 2,200 fans and is complete with a 25' x 35' Daktronics scoreboard (connected to a mulitcamera Finishlynx timing system for track events), locker rooms for softball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's track and field, a fully-equipped training room and a climate-controlled press box.
The track surface is Martin ISS 2000 "embedded" and has nine 48" lanes. All jump areas (high, long/triple and vault) are located in large "D" zones inside each turn. The steeple water jump is also inside the turn and is adaptable for the women's event.
The complex opened on Sept. 1, 2000 with the men's soccer team hosting in-state rival Kentucky. Along with hosting all Cardinal soccer and track and field competitions, the complex has hosted the 2004 and 2002 Conference USA Track and Field Championships and various high school soccer games and track meets.
Ulmer Stadium, located on the north section of the facility, was the first phase in Cardinal Park to make its debut when the Cardinals played host to Belmont on March 22, 2000. One of the nicest playing complexes in all of college athletics, the venue features stadium lighting, chairback seating for more than 700 and an enclosed press box.
Along with hosting all Cardinal softball games, Ulmer Stadium has served as host to multiple conference and NCAA regional championships and various high school games.
Trager Stadium, located on the south section of Cardinal Park, was opened on Sept. 22, 2000 as the Louisville field hockey team hosted Ohio University. The new home of the field hockey team is considered one of the best in the nation and served as host to the 2002 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
The lighted, artificial turf field has bleachers along one side that seat approximately 1,200 fans. Portable seating will be brought in for the NCAA Championships this fall.
Cardinal Park is also home to additional facilities available to the community. Kiel Courts, comprised of sand volleyball courts, are located on the southwest corner of the site.
The Don Fightmaster Playground for Exceptional Children, a 10,000-square-foot, fully accessible playground, is among the best of its kind in the nation and allows all children -- including those physically challenged -- an area to play.
Surrounding the entire complex is the Jewish Hospital Cardio Path, which provides an area for exercise for everyone.