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:

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.