A frequent complaint from some of the more crankyUniversity of Louisville fans is the fading of the chairbacks in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Once a brilliant red, the original seats are now an ugly pink.
Don’t expect any wholesale replacements anytime son.
“Replacing all the pink seats would cost about $750,000,” said K. C. Scull, stadium manager who oversees all of the football facilties. “We may replace a few sections at a time, but it will be gradual.”
Skull indicated that U of L has considered but rejected the idea of repainting the seats out of concern that painting them might leave residue on fans’ clothing.
There’s no incentive for the suppliers to replace the pink seats, which are only covered by a five-year warranty. “They would rather sell us new seating,” he said. He notes that some of the seats are getting brittle, indicating that U of L had to replace several of them after a kicking practice last season.
There are two kinds of seats — bucket seats for most fans, and folding seats in the luxury seating areas. They are supplied by Louisville-based Dant Clayton Corporation and Hussey Seating Company in Maine.
“The best thing is that when all the seats are occupied, the problem goes away,” he said.