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Encyclopedia > Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
"The Oven"

Location 2800 South Floyd Street Louisville, KY 40292
Broke ground 1997
Opened 1998
Owner University of Louisville
Operator University of Louisville
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $63 million USD
Tenants
Louisville Cardinals (NCAA) (1998-Present)
Capacity
42,000

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, called by some "The Oven," "The Slice," or "The Pizza Palace," is a football stadium located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and serves as the home of the University of Louisville football program. It opened in 1998, making it the next-to-last football stadium in NCAA Division I-A (now Division I FBS) to open in the 20th century, with SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium being the last. The official seating capacity in the horseshoe-shaped facility is 42,000. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 203 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... The wide plain of FieldTurf used at Torontos Rogers Centre was installed after the 2004 baseball season. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Papa Johns Pizza is the third largest carryout and delivery pizza restaurant in the United States behind Pizza Hut and Dominos Pizza; it is based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The new Wembley Stadium in London is the most expensive stadium ever built; it has a seating capacity of 90,000 This article is about the building type. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gerald J. Ford Stadium is a stadium in University Park, Texas. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ...

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History and fundraising

The construction of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is now viewed as the most important project in the history of the University of Louisville, for its effects on both the campus and the mentality of UofL. With the Kentucky General Assembly refusing to fund any of the stadium's cost, UofL alumni and fans raised an unprecedented $63 million in private funds, by far the largest private fundraising effort in the state's history. The cost not only included construction, but also the purchase and removal of the South Louisville Rail Yard, a historic rail car repair shop which had once been an economic staple of the South Louisville and St. Joseph's neighborhoods for over 50 years. The factory's shift horn was saved and installed in the stadium's north end zone scoreboard, and sounds every time the Cardinals score. The Kentucky State Capitol Building in Frankfort, KY The Kentucky General Assembly, also called the Kentucky Legislature, is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky. ... South Louisville is a neighborhood three miles south of downtown Louisville, Kentucky USA. South Louisville or South Side is also used to describe the entire area of Southwestern Louisville. ... St. ...


Additionally, the new parking at the stadium allowed the university to move some parking for commuting students there, in turn allowing redevelopment of on-campus parking lots into campus housing and athletic facilities. This allowed UofL to create a more traditional campus, rather than its previous commuter school feel. Without the stadium, the university would not have been able to cost-effectively add campus housing, since the only developable land adjacent to campus is privately owned and very expensive. Several of the lots have also been rebuilt with sports facilities, namely the Ralph Wright Natatorium and the Yum! Basketball Practice Facility. Two TARC bus lines run from the stadium to the Belknap Campus on the order of once every five minutes during peak times. Yum! Brands, Inc. ... The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) is the major public transportation provider for the Louisville Metro area, as well as the Kentucky suburbs of Oldham County, Bullitt County, and Clark County and Floyd County in southern Indiana. ...


In 2000, Central Avenue was widened and extended from Taylor Boulevard to Crittenden Drive in the largest non-interstate highway project in Louisville's history, which has been the focus of a major redevelopment project. Because the road connected Churchill Downs, an entrance to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (which is home to Freedom Hall) and the university's new baseball venue, Jim Patterson Stadium, all located within a mile of each other, the road has now been dubbed as "Louisville's Sports Corridor." Composite image of Churchill Downs on Derby Day, 1901 Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, is a thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. ... The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) is a large multi-use facility in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... Freedom Hall at a distance Freedom Hall is a multipurpose arena in Louisville, Kentucky on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. ... Jewish Hospital L Care Center Jim Patterson Stadium is a baseball stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. ...


The stadium was named for "Old" Cardinal Stadium, which is located at the KFEC, but with corporate naming rights providing a linguistic distinction. Papa John's Pizza founder and CEO John Schnatter, a native of nearby Jeffersonville, Indiana, donated $5 million for the naming rights to the stadium. Cardinal Stadium is the name of a former college and minor league baseball and college football stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. ... Papa Johns Pizza (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the third largest carryout and delivery pizza restaurant in the United States behind Pizza Hut and Dominos Pizza; it is based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... John H. Schnatter (born 1962) is the founder, chairman and former CEO of Papa Johns International, Inc. ... Jeffersonville is a city located in Clark County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ...


Physical features

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, as viewed from Central Avenue.

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At the north end of the stadium is the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, which houses the football offices and the conditioning center for the football team. Also at the north end is a bronze statue of Johnny Unitas, the most famous football alumnus of the university. As part of game day tradition, each Cardinal player touches the base of the statue before entering the field prior to kickoff. In 2006 the $10 million Trager Center, an indoor practice facility that matches the stylish architectural appearance of PJCS, was opened just north of the Schnellenberger Complex, providing a dry and warm area to allow undisrupted practices in Louisville's highly variable weather. Howard Schnellenberger (born March 16, 1934) is an American football coach at both the professional and college level. ... John Constantine Johnny Unitas (May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed The Golden Arm, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. ...


The stadium has also hosted soccer matches, including fixtures for the US women's national team; concerts; auto shows; the Ray Adams Charger Classic, a local high school football event; other high school football games, notably the local rivalry game between St. Xavier and Trinity; and the evangelist Billy Graham; as well as the annual DCI Louisville drum & bugle corps competition. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 Kasia Kowalska concert in Warsaw A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... An auto show, or motor show, is a public exhibition of current automobile models, debuts, concept cars, or out-of-production classics. ... St. ... Trinity High School, a high school in Louisville, Kentucky, first opened its doors in 1953, when Archbishop John Floersh anticipated the growth of Louisvilles eastern suburbs by choosing the site of Holy Trinity School, a former Catholic church and grade school in St. ... The Reverend William Franklin Graham, Jr. ... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ...


It is also the annual site of the Kentucky state high school football championship games. In 2004 the Kentucky/Tennessee High School Football All-Star Game was moved (on a bi-yearly basis) to the stadium as part of a compromise with the University of Kentucky about whether the two schools' Governor's Cup rivalry game should be played as the first game of the year, with UK wanting the game moved further back in the season. Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The Governors Cup (sometimes called the Battle for the Bluegrass) is the name given to the annual football game between the University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. ...


An interesting feature is the Brown and Williamson Club located at the rear of the stadium's press box. It contains several large ball rooms and is rented out for receptions to bring in additional revenue. It is also often used by the school to host prominent visiting speakers. The venue overlooks the school's new Jim Patterson Stadium and Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine complex, which was completed in 2005. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


At the start of the 2006 football season, a new state-of-the-art high definition scoreboard was installed in the north end zone. It is three times as large as the previous scoreboard and has the phrase "The Ville" emblazoned atop it. A new red LED scoreboard was also installed in the south end zone, as was a lighted "University of Louisville" sign around the upper rim of the exterior of the east stands, which increases the stadium's visibility from Interstate 65. External links LEd Category: TeX ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ...


Possible expansion

UofL Football Attendance by Year
Year Average Attendance
1998 38,115
1999 36,777
2000 38,547
2001 37,682
2002 36,473
2003 36,771
2004 40,531
2005 41,101
2006 42,283*
Big East Conference Average 39,035
Big East Average Football Attendance
School Average Attendance
West Virginia 58,773
Louisville 41,001
Pittsburgh 40,272
Syracuse 40,252
Connecticut 40,000
South Florida 38,865
Rutgers 33,184
Cincinnati 22,423
Big East Conference Average 39,035

There has been talk of an expansion to the stadium for several years as interest and ticket sales surged with the football program's success under former head coach Bobby Petrino. In October 2006, an official rendering and details were released of what an expanded stadium would look like and cost. The plan calls for an additional 21,600 seats and 70 suites added via a new upper deck on the side opposite the main press box area, all for a price tag of $63 million, which is almost identical to the cost to build the original stadium. The new capacity of 63,600 would be much closer to the 67,530 at rival Kentucky. Bernard Bobby Petrino (b. ... For the stadium of the same name in Edmonton, Alberta, see Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton). ...


Athletics director Tom Jurich has stated that the project will proceed based on the response on surveys sent to season ticket holders and boosters to gauge public support. The last game that failed to sell out was a Tuesday night game against Tulane University in 2003, although the school often struggled to sell out in the stadium's first few years. The lowest average attendance was around 38,000 in 2002, with averages above 41,000 every year since 2005. Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


On August 27, 2007, Papa John's and founder John Schnatter donated $10 million in support of the expansion, representing the largest donation the athletic program had ever received. Because the expansion would still require approval from the Kentucky General Assembly, the earliest it could be completed is 2010. The deal will also extend Papa John's naming rights through 2040.[1] is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... John H. Schnatter (born 1962) is the founder, chairman and former CEO of Papa Johns International, Inc. ... The Kentucky State Capitol Building in Frankfort, KY The Kentucky General Assembly, also called the Kentucky Legislature, is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky. ...


References

  1. ^ Davis, Alex. "Stadium plan gets $10 million boost", The Courier-Journal, 2007-08-28. 

The Courier-Journal, nicknamed the C-J, is the main newspaper for the city of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. According to the 1999 Editor & Publisher International Yearbook, the paper is the 48th largest daily paper in the United States and the single largest in Kentucky. ...

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