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Louisville to Complete Stadium Expansion by 2018

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium expansiom

An expansion to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is being accelerated, as the University of Louisville is now planning for a 2018 completion.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be upgraded to include 10,000 more seats. As part of the renovations, the stadium’s north end will be completely enclosed and several types of club, premium loge, and field level seats will be added.

The University of Louisville has been planning on the renovations to cost $55 million. Initially the university’s timeline called for the project to be completed by the 2019 season. However fundraising efforts have been successful, thus allowing the University of Louisville to not only add to the project, but move up its timetable for completion. More from the Courier-Journal:

But athletic director Tom Jurich has said in recent months that the pace of fundraising has been strong enough that 2018 would be a new goal, and the school’s request for proposals for construction bids in June listed 2018 as the desired date of completion.

Mark Jurich, Tom’s son and top fundraising deputy, said Wednesday the 2018 goal is now becoming a reality.

“It’s just been tremendous support from our fans,” he said. “… It’s exciting to sit in front of you and say we’ve been able to come this far. With projects like this, very rarely do you hear about starting a year early.”

The weight room and conditioning center will double in size and include state-of-the-art equipment such as a hydrotherapy area. A new players’ lounge, theatre-style meeting rooms and improvements to the coaches’ offices and team locker room are among the other aspects of the Schnellenberger Complex overhaul.

Renovations to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium after currently slated to begin after this season. The renovations will allow for a 360 walkway that circles the field, and other concourse improvements.

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