U of L growing again

Should be obvious by now that any project that benefits students at the University of Louisville has a positive impact on the image of the athletic program while enhancing the aesthetics of the university.

There’s no better example than the planned new $37.5 million Student Recreation Center, which will start becoming a reality Wednesday. Groundbreaking will held on the new facility on Fourth Street next to Minardi Hall at 1 p.m.

According to Business First, the 128,000 square-foot center will include:

  • An exercise and weight facility, eight basketball courts, a multi-activity court for indoor soccer and floor hockey, racquetball courts and aerobic studios.
  • A jogging track, fitness lab, classrooms and a gaming area.
  • A lighted, artificial turf field for recreational use and physical education classes.
  • The first U of L building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy

Funding is a combination of private contributions and a fee endorsed by nearly 90% of the students.

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Fundraising continues toward a $3.5 million expansion of Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Central Cardinal Club is getting involved, requesting support from members to purchase at least 100 baseballs for a Cardinal Bird sculpture to be included in the expanded facility. Baseballs range from $300 to $1,000 and will include the contributor’s name.

The sale of baseballs could  raise $500,000 toward the project, allowing construction to begin after the current baseball season.

To get involved, call Brandon Graves at 852-7244.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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