Louisville Football Rendering Revisited

A familiar image, even outdated and revised numerous times, this architectural rendering of an expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, serves as a great reminder of where the University of Louisville football program is headed. Less than three months now the place will be packed with 57,000-plus fans. The observer will be headed out there again with the Nikon soon for another update on the progress. Meanwhile, click on the photo to get the full effect.

View From Jim Patterson Stadium

One of the many good things about watching University of Louisville baseball is the incredible view over the center field fence. The magnificent edifice of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is a constant presence, one of the best views around of the stadium’s front porch.

With the twin pillars, the swooping white roof, the wall of windows encasing the Brown & Williamson Club, the architectural scale and detail of the stadium says first class in every respect. This view of the football stadium never gets old, a continuing reminder of how far the university’s athletic programs have advanced over the last 20 years.

Jim Patterson Stadium, of course, is another impressive example, with a nationally ranked team as the primary tenant and with an extraordinary playing surface for a field.

Quite a contrast from peering behind a post in the old Fairgrounds Stadium for decades. The view never gets old.

Update: Papa John’s Stadium Expansion

Construction crews at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are taking their sweet time with the easiest part of the expansion, installing the rest of the chair backs. So we won’t depress you with images of how few new seats have been added in the past couple of weeks. However, they have made progress on the terrace and the installation of the new video scoreboard. (Click on images for larger views).

Update: Papa John’s Stadium Expansion

The last we checked in with the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion, the facility was blanketed in snow, the field resembling a frozen pond. The upper level appears to be ready for seats but that will probably wait a while, protecting them from the sun and fading as long as possible. The walkway is progressing nicely, and concrete should be added soon. In time for the University of Louisville’s spring football game? A definite maybe. The video is from last weekend:

What Do Louisville Fans Have To Lose?

By Tom Stosberg

Could you tell me once again just exactly what University of Louisville football fans have to lose in this coming Saturday’s game? And please, no whining.

Any coach who can beat a rival can probably beat anyone else on the schedule.

As I see it, the U of L faithful win whether the football team wins or not. If the Cardinals win the game everything is obvious giddiness.  But if the team loses the fans still win because chances are they can look forward to getting a new powerhouse, wonderful, spectacular, incredible football coach in December.

Now did I say if he can’t beat Kentucky, he can’t win in the Big East? Or did you just get ahead of me there?

First, let’s cover the winning-the-game giddiness. You see any coach who can beat a rival can probably beat anyone else on the schedule. Not because the rival is that good but simply because it’s a pressure game. Pressure games cause some coaches to get conservative, play scared, try to run the ball up the middle too much, play not to lose, call really dumb plays, uh … kind of like USC 18, Ohio State 15 (plus the last 10 times OSU played top five teams).

Anyway, once the rivalry game is won and the pressure is off the coach can get back to happy football … like with long passes, wide open offenses, jail break blitzes. You know, fun stuff.

So if Coach K is loosey-goosey and let’s the kids do what they really do know how to do, he could actually win it. Note the loosey-goosey part. Trust me, UK will play tense.

On the other hand, if Krag gets scared and plays not to lose, acts like he’s in the Big Ten or something (ooops, did I say that?) then he’ll be wise to get at least three quotes … Mayflower, United, Allied, North American Van Lines, American, Bekins, National…

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