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 have moved into the premiere soccer venue in the country.
Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, an $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 facility opened on Aug. 29, 2014, where a crowd of 7,047 witnessed the women defeat Ole Miss 1-0 and the men defeat second-ranked Maryland 1-0.
The natural turf field is surrounded by chair back 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, Louisville student-athletes and coaches utilize an 830-square-foot classroom for meeting, video and 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 are 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, the press box has 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.