Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Home of U of L Football
The U of L Football Program and its fans have the privilege of spending more than a handful of autumn Saturdayís competing and cheering in $63 million Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium.
The opening of the state-of-the-art facility in September of 1998 concluded a decadeís worth of private fund-raising and commitment to the dream of giving Louisville an on-campus football stadium which is second to none in the nation.
Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium allows an up-and-coming professional city become a college town on Saturdays every autumn as the Cardinals play host to a number of national-caliber opponents. The opening of the facility allowed U of L to play seven home games for the second time in 51 years during the 2000 campaign
Fans are treated to a one-of-a-kind feature in PJCS with all 42,000 seats being of the chairback variety. No other university-owned and operated stadium in the nation can make that claim.
The structure, which sits on the south end of the metropolitan campus, is constructed with the ability for future expansion to more than 80,000 seats.
Along with the most modern press facilities, which accommodated five ESPN national television broadcasts over the last two seasons, PJCS holds the impressive Brown and Williamson Club. The B&W Club runs 100 yards in length and 20 yards in width and gives the stadium the ability to play host to a number of indoor banquets and parties.
A new and improved Cardinal Football Complex stands in the north end and provides student-athletes with a number of world-class facilities.
After initially installing SportGrass in PJCS, the Cards are in their first season with a new, artificial playing surface in FieldTurf.
The stadiumís multi-usage came into play in May of Ď99 as the George Strait Country Music Festival invaded PJCS and entertained more than 51,000 concert goers.
The PJCS pitch also played host to the 1999 World Cup Champion United States Womenís Soccer Team as part of a trio of facilities to house the U.S. Cup
Fans visiting PJCS also are safer in the stadium than they would be in their own homes should they encounter a medical emergency.
U of Lís partnership with Jewish Hospital and the Frazier Rehab Center allows the University to have three fully staffed first aid stations along with a full trauma center located in the stadium. Should a fan need to be transported to a hospital, one of three paramedic-staffed ambulances will get them there.
With its state-of-the-art construction and fan-friendly environment, Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium is one of the finest in the nation.