Get ready for more construction at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The $14.5 million Thornton’s Academic Center for Excellence is a go.I-minerva

The University of Louisville issued a news release Monday stating that 4,736 individuals had contributed to the project, meeting the $3 million in matching funds for the Thornton’s challenge grant.

The news release was out of date because I mailed my check on Friday. Make that 4,737 individuals.

The 40,000 square foot center will feature tutorial areas, computer laboratories, and office and classroom space that will serve over 750 student-athletes across the Cardinals’ 23 sports on a daily basis. Construction on the $14.5 million facility is set to begin in the spring, opening in 2016.

Maker’s Mark bottles raised more than $3 million and the law firm of Stites and Harbison committed $2 million to the project.

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By Charlie Springer

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