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Jurich: Stadium expansion not a sure thing

November 20, 2013

The University of Louisville has issued a request for proposals to study the feasibility of expanding the north end of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium but any expansion is far being a sure thing.

That’s what Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics, told a group of boosters Wednesday evening.

“I don’t have any numbers in mind, and to be honest with you, I don’t know yet if we’re going to do it,” he said. “All we’re doing is a feasibility study.  I not going to move forward on anything I don’t feel comfortable with. I want to make sure that it’s right and it looks great. I don’t want throw a bunch of seats in the end zone and say, well we did expansion.

“If we do something, I want to it  to be first class, I want to stay with our wow factor. I want to make sure it fits with what we’re doing and that we can sell it and, aesthetically, continue to make the stadium as beautiful as it is … Essential to the feasibility study first of all is the demand. We’re talking about end zone seats, not 50-yard-line seats. They may come out and say don’t do it. If they do say that, we won’t.”

The request for proposals states that the results of the study would include whether an expansion is feasible and number of seats, pricing, and amenities that could be supported with the proposed expansion. The completion of the feasibility study would be due no more than three months after the contract is awarded.

 

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