Celebrate next time at Yum!

Time to move the partying elsewhere.

While Tuesday’s celebration of the University of Louisville’s Final Four appearance was a fun event, the fan following has outgrown the 4th Street Live venue.

No doubt the improvements there have been good for downtown Louisville, attracting conventioneers and residents to restaurants and bars. Providing much-needed revenues and tax receipts for the area. We all remember how dead the location was a decade ago.

As a public gathering place for a community celebration, however, Fourth Street Live is much too small. Compressing a crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 inside the atrium is pushing the limit. Viewing spaces on the second floor were limited, and access and egress were next to non-existent.

There were a few instances where the close quarters and a few over eager fans could have quickly evolved into major incidents. This observer’s wife was frightened at one point, with the naive and inconsiderate jockeying for better viewing positions. “I was really scared for a couple of minutes there,” she said.

Mayor Greg Fischer, like his predecessor Jerry Abramson, will take every opportunity to show off the area but it’s beginning to show some signs of wear. Much better things are happening closer to the river, like Main Street.

The KFC! Yum Center would have been the ideal location. There’s much more space in front of the facility, the city’s most remarkable accomplishment in decades. So much space available on the pavilion and on Main Street to provide a grand venue for a Final Four salute.

Do it right. Bring them together for the next big one, hopefully with even more significant hardware.

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.

2 thoughts on “Celebrate next time at Yum!”

  1. Which would also offer a great place for displaying the new trophy(trophies) maybe with a spotlight. As we departed yesterday, I urged the police officer standing near me to keep an eye on the two trophies on the stage. Surely SOMEONE realized they were just left there, on the table, while event personnel wandered around and the crowd swarmed the team as they CardMarched back to their bus! Or are the trophies now in someone’s ManCave, next to the souvenir poster? Go Cards!

  2. I was surprised when the announcement was made that 4th street would be the celebration point instead of the KFC YUM! Center.

    How many games did UofL win on 4th Street Live this year?

    How many blocks did Gorgui get at the corner of 4th and Market?

    The Yum! was the call and UofL needs to go there next year when they celebrate another Final Four and (hopefully) National Championship. Let the crowd spill out on 4th. Street after if they want.

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