No plans yet to replace fading seats at Papa John’s Stadium

There are no plans in the works to replace the fading chair back seats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium any time soon, according to K. C. Scull, who manages the stadium. This is not good news for fans perturbed by the pinkish glow in the stadium.

“My boss [Tom Jurich] has never once mentioned replacing all the seats with new ones,” he said recently. “Not once.”

“It’s not an issue when all the seats are occupied.”

Scull did acknowledge, however, that some of the chair backs are getting somewhat brittle as a result of being exposed to year-round weather conditions, noting that UofL has had to replace numerous seats in the Crunch Zone after kicking practice. He also indicated that damage from a tornado in April last year required the replacement of about 500 seats.

He once indicated to Card Game that replacing all the chair backs would cost about $750,000.

Still we can’t imagine Tom Jurich not replacing the now pink seats with new ones before Louisville joins the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2014 football season. Tom has always said that UofL facilities don’t have to be the biggest, but he wants them to be the best in terms of quality.

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The never-ending winter season, combined with the euphoria about Louisville’s basketball fortunes, may be taking a toll on the UofL baseball program during the first season in the expanded Jim Patterson Stadium.

With the exception of the Alabama series when attendance exceeded 3,000 for two of three games, attendance has hovered around the 1,000 mark.  Otherwise, the weather has been brutal all season long, severely testing die hard baseball fans.

UofL, now with a 19-5 record, lost at Indiana 6-2 Wednesday, incurring its third loss in the last four games.

The Cardinals host Notre Dame for a three-game series, starting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Believe it or not, the home game against the University of Kentucky is next Tuesday, with the opening pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

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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.

One thought on “No plans yet to replace fading seats at Papa John’s Stadium

  • March 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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    We play Notre Dame who is a top 15 ball club tonight through saturday at Jim Patterson.

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