LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City Football Club will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new stadium in Butchertown on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Plans now call for the $65 million stadium to have 11,300 seats – up from the original estimate of approximately 10,000 seats.
At the ceremony, Gov. Matt Bevin and Mayor Greg Fischer will speak along with Metro Council members David James (council president) and Barbara Sexton Smith, whose 4th District includes the stadium site. Additional speakers include Ryan Gedney, VP and Senior Project Designer of the stadium with HOK; Mike Mountjoy, Co-Chair Soccer Holdings, LLC; and LouCity head coach James O’Connor.
The public is invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend should arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. at the stadium construction site at Cabel and Adams streets (use 200 Cabel Street for GPS mapping directions).
“We’re ready to turn dirt and start seeing the stadium rise,” said Brad Estes, executive vice president for LouCity. “This is a major step in fulfilling our strategic plan, which includes having the best team and facilities in the United Soccer League. And when Major League Soccer comes calling, we will be ready.”
Construction of the state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium is being handled by HOK, a global leader in sport facilities with a history of providing creative and functional designs for USL and MLS facilities. The LouCity stadium will be part of a 40-acre development adjacent to Louisville’s Waterfront Park at the convergence of Interstates 71, 65 and 64.
Premium components of the stadium include:
- 18 luxury suites
- Premier Club area with accommodations for 250
- Club and loge seating options
- 40 by 72-foot video board
- Eight bars in strategic locations throughout the stadium
Louisville City FC is the reigning USL champion and the only USL team to make it to this year’s Round of Eight in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The remaining seven teams are all from Major League Soccer.
“There’s no doubt this team is ready for any challenge,” said coach O’Connor, a former Irish professional footballer. “Both the team and the fans deserve a first-class stadium. Building it speaks volumes for the city and the state’s commitment to traditional football. They understand that this is America’s growth sport, and Louisville is being positioned very well to take the next step.”
LouCity has been playing its games at Louisville Slugger Field, which does not allow for traditional soccer field dimensions. The new soccer-specific stadium will open for the 2020 season.