Clemson final ACC home opponent for Louisville soccer

Louisville-Soccer-2UofL fans owe themselves the experience of enjoying the $19 million Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium before the 2014 college soccer season comes to an end.  The Louisville soccer team has two home games remaining during the regular season, including the final ACC home game against Clemson Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals and Tigers are tied with 4-2 conference marks with Syracuse on top of the ACC’s Atlantic Division. UofL is currently 11th nationally. Tickets are $12 for chairback seats and $9 for general admission. 

Ohio State ends Louisville Soccer win streak

anthemNice start on a 74-degree night with gentle breezes as members the University of Louisville (in white uniforms) and Ohio State soccer teams line up for the National Anthem Tuesday at Lynn Stadium. Louisville would get 15 shots at the goal, most of them high and wide, compared to only six for Ohio State. The Buckeyes, however, would connect on one of theirs, winning 1-0 and ending UofL’s four-game win streak.

Fans not among the 2,817 in attendance would have enjoyed this one despite the outcome. The ACC-leading Cardinals travel to North Carolina State Friday and return home Tuesday for a match against Indiana.

7,047 jam Lynn Stadium, men’s soccer conquers No. 2 Maryland

opening day University of Louisville soccer has come a long way since the men’s team played its games out on Shelby Campus in the late Seventies when maybe two or three dozen people would roam the sidelines.

On Friday night, the men’s and women’s teams played a doubleheader before 7,047 fans on the opening day of Lynn Stadium, the dream stadium for college soccer teams. The women’s team defeating Mississippi 1-0 in the first game and the men’s team upending No. 2 Maryland 1-0 in the nightcap.

Attendance was the second highest ever for a soccer game in the state, exceeded only by the UofL-UCLA regional championship populated by 7,821 fans in December 2010.

An historic day, worth preserving with a video of the opening ceremonies for people who missed out on another UofL milestone, joined in progress. At about the 6:20 mark, Tom Jurich can be heard, telling the observer to get the silos in the video:

Ken Lolla: New Louisville stadium forever changes college soccer

Mark Lynn (in dark suit) and family cut the ribbon. Twenty-one family members participated.
Dr. Mark Lynn (in dark suit) and family cut the ribbon. Twenty-one family members participated.

A five-minute thunderstorm half way through the ribbon-cutting ceremonies couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that turned out Thursday for the official opening of the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium on the University of Louisville campus.

The entire setting had an historic feel to it with all dazzling graphics throughout the stadium, the demolition of the silos in the background, and with a 50-car freight train passing by on the north end of the field.

Tom Jurich does it again.
Tom Jurich does it again.

Ken Lolla, coach of the UofL men’s soccer team, thanked Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics for his visionary thinking, proclaiming that college soccer would be forever changed by the completion of this particular stadium.

“Student athletes are going to come play in here and have an experience like they’ve never had,” said Lolla. “There will be coaches who will come in here and go back to their athletic directors and athletic departments and say, ‘We need to do something more. We need to do something better.’

“Because of that inspiration and the vision we have created, the big winner is going to be college soccer. This date is historic. College soccer will never be same.”

Benefactor Mark Lynn, who, along with this wife Cindy, donated $5 million to help build the $18 million plus stadium, said he was just honored to be a small piece of the process. “I love this university and am excited to be a part of such a dynamic program,” he said.

Ken-Lolla-Louisville-SoccerCoach Ken Lolla gets the crown jewel of college soccer stadiums. The silos will be gone next week.

Louisville’s Lynn Soccer Stadium is branded

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The Cardinal logo and the names of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn have been added to the facade of the new University of Louisville soccer stadium, two of the last remaining items on the list before construction is complete. Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics, had promised back in 2012 to build the finest college soccer facility in the country and he has delivered.

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