Haven’t had an opportunity to check out the Yum Center, the new University of Louisville practice facility in person yet. Would have seen it last week but Rick Pitino didn’t conduct his basketball camps this summer. Grandson Koby had been a participant the last three years. 1424428743_708774aa94

Seems Pitino didn’t want any “wear and tear” on his sparkling new playhouse, at least not during the first year. The facility is obviously a point of pride with him, so much so that he doesn’t want kids messing it up. Maybe the U of L coach will have a change of heart after the newness wears off the Yum Center. There should at least be an opportunity for fans to see the place; there was never an open house as far as we know.

Browsing the web, this observer ran across the ZeDesign web site, of the Centerville, Ohio-based firm which did the interior design for the Yum Center. They obviously do fantastic work, as these photos illustrate:



ZeDesign claims it puts the “Wow Factor” in its product,and they are right. Small wonder recent U of L basketball recruits have been so impressed on their visits to Belknap Campus. The same company did the design work for the NFL Hall of Fame and Notre Dame. More Yum Center photos are available on their web site.

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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.