Feb. 8, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Sun Tan City, an Elizabethtown, Ky. based company with 58 locations in four states, has provided a $3 million gift toward the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the home for the Cardinals' football program, and other University of Louisville athletics initiatives.
"We are extremely thankful for Sun Tan City's generous commitment," said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice President and Director of Athletics. "The support for Cardinal Athletics throughout the region continues to amaze me. We are excited about the stadium expansion project and this gift continues the momentum of our fund-raising efforts."
Plans are underway to expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium from its current 42,000-seat configuration to over 60,000 with additional amenities.
Sun Tan City was founded in 1999 by brothers Rick and David Kueber. In 2007, Sun Tan City was named one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine. Sun Tan City currently operates 58 locations in four states, including 25 in the Louisville area with more planned.
"Sun Tan City is excited to be supporting the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium," said Rick Kueber, CEO for Sun Tan City. "We believe that this expansion will not only benefit the University, but the community as a whole. It's a win for all involved."
Premium seat packages and suites in the new structure are currently being sold and additional gifts are still being sought to complete the $72 million project. While increasing the seating capacity to more than 60,000, the expansion will include 45 new luxury suites, a new south terrace, 2,000 premium loge seats and additional reserved seating. The new east side loge section will offer outside seating and inside amenities. The six-row section is adjacent to a glass-enclosed lounge area with a private entrance, concessions, and restrooms under an overhang with fans and heaters to provide a comfortable climate.
Also included are 45 new luxury suites, which feature 18 outside seats plus accommodations for 8-12 persons inside. Information on obtaining seats in the loge and suite levels is available through the Cardinal Athletic Fund at 502-852-5735, by checking www.UofLsports.com or by logging on to www.PapaJohnsCardinalStadiumExpansion.com.