Football at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
What's New for 2009
Construction on the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and roadwork in the stadium area will bring a few temporary alterations for traffic flow and parking during the 2009 season.
Fans that park in the stadium reserved G Lot along Floyd Street must enter the lot at the north end of the stadium (end nearest the practice fields). Fans who park in the reserved F Lot must use the entrance at the stadium's south end (end nearest Central Ave.). Construction in the area prohibits vehicles from crossing between the two lots.
Extensive work will take place on Eastern Parkway, affecting traffic flow on a section of that road for most of the 2009 season. When the Warnock Avenue work is completed, the highway department will close Eastern Parkway to vehicles and pedestrians between Hahn Street and the traffic signal at the Speed School entrance. That portion will remain closed until work is completed by the end of the year as contractors jack the bridge deck from its foundation and repair the understructure. There will be no lane closures on Floyd Street during U of L home football dates during the construction work on Eastern Parkway.
Green Lot Parking Details
Prior to and following games, Central Avenue will be closed to through-traffic at Floyd Street. The intersection will be diagonally blocked from the northwest to the southeast corner to allow for pedestrians to cross without stopping vehicle traffic.
Green Lot parking pass holders coming from 3rd Street should turn on Central Avenue, and then take a right onto Floyd Street. Green Lot parking pass holders arriving from Crittenden Drive should turn onto Park Avenue, which leads into Floyd Street. Left turns onto Floyd Street from Central Avenue will not be allowed before games. Traffic patterns will be reversed following games, with right turns onto Central Avenue not allowed following games. Those departing the A section of the Green Lot will be directed to turn left onto Floyd Street, and then left on Central Avenue. All other Green Lot exits will be directed to turn right onto Floyd Street.
All Green Lot spaces have been assigned and all pass holders must park in their assigned space. The lot is divided into Lot A, Lot B, Lot C, and Lot D sequentially from the north. The spaces are numbered sequentially and there are no duplicate numbers within any area. For example, if you are in Lot B Row D Space 195, there is no other Space 195 in Lot B. However, there is a Lot C Row D Space 195. Vehicles parked in an incorrect space will be towed.
Bronze Lot Parking Details
Reserved parking in the Bronze Lot will not change from previous seasons at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but those with spaces there should note some alterations in traffic flow. The Bronze Lot is the area directly surrounding Papa John's Cardinal Stadium north of Central Avenue bordered by Floyd Street and the railroad tracks.
Prior to and following games, Central Avenue will be closed to through-traffic at Floyd Street. The intersection will be diagonally blocked from the northwest to the southeast corner to allow for pedestrian traffic to cross without stopping traffic.
Bronze Lot parking pass holders coming from the north should to approach the stadium on Floyd Street. Bronze Lot parking pass holders arriving from the south, must use Crittenden Drive to access Central Avenue, then turn right onto Floyd Street to access the lot. Left turns onto Floyd Street from Central Avenue will not be allowed before games. Following the games, traffic flow will be reversed and Bronze Lot parking pass holders can either turn left onto Floyd Street, or turn right and then turn left onto Central Avenue. Right turns onto Central Avenue will not be allowed following games.
Alternate Parking Areas
All lots adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium are prepaid reserved parking for University of Louisville season ticket holders.
One of the best options is to park at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. To avoid traffic to the prepaid lots, those parking at the KFEC should access Gate 1 of the fairgrounds off the Watterson Expressway (I-264). Follow Ring Road to the right and park in the lots north of old Cardinal Stadium, then walk across Crittenden Drive and down Central Avenue to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Parking at the KFEC is $6. Conflicting events at the KFEC may impact parking availability there. There is also substantial surface parking west of the stadium across the railroad tracks.
All handicapped parking at the stadium is presold. Drive up handicapped parking is available on the first floor of U of L's Floyd Street parking garage, with a shuttle available to the stadium. Individuals may drop off and pick up handicapped patrons in the bus lane of the stadium, however, it is not recommended.
Public transportation drops off in the bus lane adjacent to Floyd Street. Post event traffic must follow the directions of security personnel to assure two exit lanes.
Basketball - Freedom Hall
Ample parking surrounds Freedom Hall, located at the heart of the
Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The lots between Freedom Hall and
old Cardinal Stadium are reserved for U of L donors. The KFEC can be
accessed through any of the surrounding gates via I-65, the Watterson
Expressway (I-264), Crittenden Drive and Preston Highway. There are
occasions when parking at the KFEC is limited due to another
simultaneous event there. Parking at the KFEC is $5.
Cardinal Park, Cardinal Arena events
Limited parking is available in the U of L Parking Garage on Floyd
Street for a nominal fee. There is limited surface parking on the
streets surrounding the area as well.
Letter to Season Ticket Holders in PDF Format