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UofL Will Expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Aug 28, 2015 -- 11:36am

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Enclosing north end zone will increase capacity to 65,000, enhance team training facilities

 

 

        LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville will expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the second time in the last decade, a development which will enclose the north end zone, create multiple new fan amenities and enlarge and enhance the training facilities for the football team.

        "We are extremely excited to launch this project and I know our fans are thrilled as well," said Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics.  "We worked extremely hard on this one to assure the timing was right before we moved forward.  We feel that we have a plan in place that will excite our fans and continue to advance our program, which has truly gained a national stage with our university's move to the ACC."

        About 10,000 additional seats will be added with the expansion, creating a unique look in the end zone structure for the stadium and increasing the total seating capacity to approximately 65,000.  The expansion will include 1,000 modern club seats, 65 new premium loge level boxes and 10 exclusive field level suites while adding 25,000 distinct square feet of space.  The club seats will have access to a premier gathering area that will provide viewing access to the field.  The middle of the field level will feature a special entrance for the team surrounded by supporters. 

        The design will provide a connection between the east and west sides of the stadium.  The stadium seating will continue to feature all chairback seating for fans, providing the only university-owned and operated stadium in the nation with that element.

        The Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, which currently sits in the north end zone, will undergo a major expansion and facelift.  The team's weight room and conditioning center will double in size, creating a total of 20,000 square feet of work space for training, conditioning and therapeutic support.  A spacious player's lounge, improvements for coaches' offices and the team locker room, and expansive theatre-style meeting areas will also be among the enhancements for student-athlete development.

        The project will cost approximately $55 million, which will be raised through sponsorships, private donations, ticket sales and other possible sources.

        Originally completed in 1998,  Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium opened with a capacity of 42,000 and was expanded in 2010 to the present capacity of 55,000.   In the last expansion, approximately 12,000 additional chairback seats were added to a second deck on the east side of the stadium in the UPS Flight Deck.  The expansion also included 33 new luxury suites on the Stites & Harbison Suite Level and 2,000 premium loge seats were added to the east side.

        A 60-foot wide Norton's Terrace was added at the top of the south end zone, connecting the east and west sides of the stadium.  Also included in the previous expansion was PNC Club, a 20,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed area that stretches from end zone to end zone at the loge level on the east side of the stadium.   Among the original construction, the stadium west side holds the impressive Brown and Williamson Club that extends the length of the football field and 28 original suites

        The Schnellenberger Football Complex currently houses offices and meeting spaces the team’s coaches and staff as well as a training room, strength and conditioning area and academic services.

        The Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence, an $18 million, state-of-the-art facility, is currently under construction beneath the Norton Terrace at the south end of the stadium. The center, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016, will house the academic operations for the entire athletic department and will feature tutorial areas, laboratories, office areas and classroom space.

 

 

Mark Cuban donates $5 million to Indiana University

Jun 08, 2015 -- 10:12am

Mark Cuban donates $5 million to Indiana University

Phil Baker

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As Mark Cuban looked for ways to help the Dallas Mavericks gain a competitive advantage in the NBA, the Indiana University graduate thought his alma mater should get in on the ground floor.

 

On Friday, the school announced that Cuban had made a $5 million donation for a state-of-the-art technology center that will benefit students, fans and, of course, his beloved Hoosiers.

Athletic director Fred Glass said the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology will be built inside the renovated Assembly Hall, home of Indiana's basketball program, and will give the Hoosiers the distinction of being the first school in the country to use 3-D multi-camera technology and virtual reality, with Cuban saying some of the technology is not yet available commercially.

"As we were going through the process with 3-D and virtual reality, Fred was smart and said why not do this just with the Mavericks? Why not do this with Indiana University and give them a competitive advantage?" Cuban said.

Cuban, who had been looking for a way to help his alma mater, thought it made sense.

Some technology should be available as soon as this basketball season, Glass said, noting that the Hoosiers could give recruits their first real look at the campus with a virtual reality tour. An athletic department spokesman said approximately 150 students from various departments, including communications and infomatics, also will work in the center -- a number that is expected to increase over time.

The athletic department also plans to use FreeD camera angles on its video boards at football and basketball games, and coaches will now have new options in game preparation.

"We'll be the first university in the country to use these technologies," Glass said.

It is expected to be fully operational when the Assembly Hall renovations are completed in 2017.

The only downside was that Cuban didn't want it named after him.

"People always say to me, 'Why don't you do this, or why don't you put your name on a building,'" Cuban said while wearing a crimson Indiana baseball hat. "I always felt like putting your name on a building was something you did for dead people, so you'd be remembered. But they insisted."

Sophomore center Anas Mahmoud to have surgery for torn medial meniscus

Jun 04, 2015 -- 10:42am

Sophomore center Anas Mahmoud to have surgery for torn medial meniscus

Phil Baker

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AP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville sophomore 7-footer Anas Mahmoud is expected to miss four to six weeks after tearing the medial meniscus in his left knee.

The forward/center from Egypt will have surgery Thursday morning at Jewish Hospital East to repair the injury sustained when he twisted the knee while playing basketball. A school release on Wednesday said Mahmoud should be able to play with the Cardinals during their tour in Puerto Rico Aug. 10-17.

Mahmoud had 35 points, 41 rebounds and 20 blocks in 29 games with Louisville last season.

NBA Preseason Game in KFC Yum! Center

May 29, 2015 -- 10:07am

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NBA Preseason returns to Louisville

NBA 2015 PRESEASON at KFC Yum! Center

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Following last year’s sold-out NBA game at the KFC Yum! Center, the Miami HEAT is returning to Louisville for a preseason matchup with in-state rivals the Orlando Magic on October 7, 2015.

The Miami HEAT’s roster includes veteran leaders Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Orlando Magic's star players Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Peyton and Victor Oladipo will lead Orlando's team on the court at the KFC Yum! Center.  Victor formerly played at Indiana University and was selected as the 2013 second overall draft pick.

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40th Anniversary of Louisville's Only Professional Championship

May 22, 2015 -- 10:58am

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On May 22, 1975 the Kentucky Colonels proved they were the best professional basketball team in the American Basketball Association  when they captured their first - and only - ABA title with a 110-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the championship series.  Artis Gilmore capped off his playoff MVP performance with an incredible effort - 28 points, 31 rebounds and five assists - in winning the ABA Championship of the I-65 foe.

Here are some sights of a great day in Louisville sports history. 

Duke, UK hoops teams honored for excellence in classroom

May 20, 2015 -- 2:29pm

Phil Baker 

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A.P.

INDIANAPOLIS -- National champion Duke and perennial powerhouse Kentucky topped the list of men's basketball teams singled out by the NCAA for academic achievement Wednesday.

 

Public recognition awards are earned by finishing in the top 10 percent of a sport based on Academic Progress Rate scores. Any school with a perfect score of 1,000 also is recognized.

One point is awarded each semester for each player who remains academically eligible and another point for those who stay in school.

In 2013-14, 1,124 teams received the honor with a record 953 posting perfect marks. Actual scores will be released next week.

Duke was one of eight national championship teams to make the list.

Dartmouth had 26 teams recognized, the most in the country. Brown, Bucknell and Stanford were next with 19 each.

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