08 Aug Watching the Action
Excited? Charged up? Ready to wave a big head in the stands and do the CARDS Cheer? Well, here’s how to go.
Go to any UofL sporting event—excluding football and men’s basketball—and flash your UofL ID. You’ll get in free. To get student priced tickets to men’s basketball and football games, call the Ticket Office at (502) GO-CARDS.
Ticket in hand, you’re ready to watch your Cards at these venues.
KFC Yum! Center
The state-of-the-art KFC Yum! Center is a $238 million arena located on main street along Louisville’s scenic riverfront in the downtown district. In its first year, it staked its claim as the best basketball venue in the nation. The 22,000-seater hosts both the men’s and women’s teams, as well as select volleyball matches, and will be home to classic matchups against many national powerhouses during your tenure at UofL. The court is named in honor of former longtime coach and Hall of Famer Denny Crum, who often will be seen sitting a few rows up from mid-court. In December 2012, the KFC Yum! Center also hosted the national volleyball championship.
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, or “The Oven” as students like to call it, is the realization of a dream by former Cardinals football coach and program revivalist Howard Schnellenberger. Taking over the squad during a tough stint, Coach Schnellenberger envisioned big things for UofL’s football program, one of which was a new stadium. UofL jumped on Schnelly’s challenge, building Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and opening it in 1998 with a little help from trustees and “Papa John” Schnatter. Since then, it has become one of the most exciting places to be in college football, with high-flying offenses and big-time games. The Brown and Williamson Club on the west side of the stadium is home to many events, including a speech made by Vice President Joe Biden. Expect 55,000 seats in the stadium to be packed this fall for Coach Petrino’s team.
Jim Patterson Stadium
Cardinal baseball has taken off recently, finding unprecedented out-of-the-park success with the team winning conference titles, achieving national rankings and finding its way into both the NCAA Tournament and a College World Series in 2007, 2013 and 2014. Housing the Cardinal nine is Jim Patterson Stadium. Built in 2005 and expanded in 2013, the field has been home to NCAA Tournament games as well as exciting regular season action. Admission is free, so don’t miss out on this.
Park It at Cardinal Park
Love watching power jumps, lightning fast speeds and towering home runs? Don’t miss a game at Cardinal Park. Located across the street from the SAC on Floyd Street, Cardinal Park boasts some of the finest athletics facilities in the nation. Ulmer and Trager Stadiums, which house UofL’s softball and field hockey teams, have hosted battles between nationally ranked teams and conference tournaments. The park also has a sand volleyball court and a jogging track for use by UofL students and the community. So grab your friends and go see some intense Cardinals competition, or simply take a breezy jog through the park.
The soccer stadium is the newest of all athletic facilities, opened in August 2014. The $18.5 million, state-of-the-art facility is located on Floyd Street, not far from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and boasts a natural turf field and holds 5,500 fans.
Other Spots to Watch the Cards Compete
Cardinal Arena, located inside the SAC. The arena can seat up to 1,000. Some volleyball games are also held at the KFC Yum! Center.
Wright Natatorium, features an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool that’s fit for national champions and Olympians.
UofL Lacrosse Field, next to the Yum! Center on Floyd Street (not the arena on Main Street). Completed in the summer of 2006, the facility features a FieldTurf playing surface and seating for 1,050 with additional room for standing fans.
Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, located directly across from Cardinal Park, the tennis center has six outdoor courts and eight lighted indoor courts with electronic scoreboards. It’s considered one of the best on-campus tennis facilities in the country.
G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center, located in Waterfront Park. The 14,000 square foot building is home to Cardinal rowing. The building features two boat bays and a 16-person motorized rowing tank.
University of Louisville Golf Club, located in Simpsonville. The 20-acre practice facility used by Cardinal golfers features three chipping greens, two practice putting greens and a two-tiered driving range. Memberships are also available to the public.