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After more than a decade of playing in the Cardinal Track and Soccer Stadium, the University of Louisville men’s and women’s soccer teams soon will be moving into the premiere soccer venue in the country.
Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, a $18.5 million, state-of the-art soccer stadium features seating capacity for more than 5,300 and includes a 15,500-square-foot training center.
The natural turf field will be surrounded by chairback seating for 2,300 in the main grandstand, bleacher seating for 900 in the east end zone and two berms, which can accommodate 2,100. It is the second-largest on-campus facility project the Cardinals have built behind Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and its subsequent expansion.
In addition to the pitch, the complex surrounding the area is fully loaded to ensure Louisville’s student-athletes enjoy their experiences. The building features separate team locker rooms for the men and women in addition to their opponents, along with coaches’ locker rooms. When they are not in competition or training, the men’s and women’s teams have the ability to spend time in their own lounge areas located in their respective locker rooms.
Also, Cardinal student-athletes and coaches will be provided an 830-square-foot meeting/video room for scouting purposes.
When Louisville’s student-athletes are practicing or warming up before a match, they can take advantage of an approximately 700-square-foot indoor warm-up area designed to give the Cardinals the maximum space for training.
The complex also encompasses training and equipment rooms as well as separate coaching areas, ensuring Louisville’s coaching staffs close proximity to its wealth of resources.
For fans entering arguably the best soccer stadium in the country, they will be greeted by six ticket windows, staffed by Louisville’s ticket office, to help limit long wait times. Upon gaining admission, fans will be greeted by the main concession stand that features up to 14 queues or they can stroll around the concourse that extends around the end lines and includes room for additional concession stands.
Housed atop the grandstand at midfield, there will be a press box with ample amounts of room and amenities to accommodate those covering the game. Adjacent to the press box is a donor suite, along with a separate television suite, rooms for home and visiting radio, an area for the media as well as an operations room.
- Spectators' view from each angle of the field was modeled after Major League Soccer's Sporting KC's stadium, which was built in 2011.
- Each individual locker - there are 33 total in each locker room - boasts power outlets and the men’s and women’s rooms each will showcase flat-screen televisions and a Cardinal bird in the ceilings.
- For improved security, student-athletes and coaches will have to go through finger print access points to gain admission into the facility.
- Over 300 feet of dasher boards will be on display along the north side of the pitch.