Michael Ortman, the new Stadium Manager at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, says several changes have been made at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to enhance the fan experience during the University of Louisville football team’s first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Ortman, who previously was Director of Operations for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, for 17 years, succeeded K. C. Scull who retired during the past year after about 15 years in that post. Ortman oversaw all aspects of the Soldier Field operations, including the stadium, the 98 acres of park land, and parking structures. He was also deeply involved in the multi-million-dollar expansion of Soldier Field.
Among his first duties at PJCS was to complete the installation of a new state-of-art sound system, which he says will rival any sound system found in the National Football League. The sound system required a multi-phase process over two seasons, which he hopes will be completed in time for the opening game against the Miami Hurricanes.
New speakers are currently being installed at the Brown & Williamson Club level and, for the first time this season, he says there will be a number of high quality speakers on the main concourse. “We want fans to be able to keep up with the action when they’re not inside the stadium,” he said.
- He said the old TV monitors in the concourse, which were 27 inches, are being replaced by 46-inch high definition models. There will be 12 of them. “We are currently awaiting delivery,” said Ortman.
- There are, of course, new ACC logos on the playing field and throughout the stadium, including an ACC conference flag over the video board.
- The crew is currently installing new field wrap for advertising at the ground level of the stadium.
- Ortman said only about 50 seats had to be replaced during the off season.
As for all the fading chair backs, he would only say, “There has been some discussion.”