The University of Louisville's Trager Center indoor practice facility just north of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, was officially opened on Thursday, Dec. 1 and used by the Cardinal football team. The facility, an $8 million project, is the result of a $2 million lead gift of the Trager Family of Republic Bank and many other supporting gifts.

"My wife, Jean, and I are blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, and we are fans of athletics and higher education," said Bernard Trager. "We are certain this practice facility will continue to build on the success of the athletic program. We are grateful for our community's support of Republic Bank & Trust Company and this is one of the ways we can make sure what we make here, stays here."

The indoor practice facility features a 120-yard FieldTurf field, a 100-meter four-lane sprint track, pole vault and long jump pits, as well as, batting cages for both baseball and softball. It's also equipped for the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams to use.

"This facility addresses a critical need for program," said Athletic Director Tom Jurich. "Our student-athletes and coaches will now have the benefit of maximizing our practice time even during inclement weather. We are so grateful to the Trager Family and all of our generous donors who have given to this project to make it a reality."

The 90,068 square foot facility has 85,440 square feet of playing surface with 5,168 square feet of building support, consisting of restroom facilities, offices and a lobby. The facility has a clear width of 202 feet, a clear length of 402 feet and stands 65 feet tall. It is heated by a natural gas-fired units, and ventilation is a push/pull system via dampers and ventilating fans.