If you’ve been to the Green Lot prior to a University of Louisville football game, you’ve seen the bus — red, white, black, with a giant Cardinal logo on the nose, surrounded by a gregarious bunch of people grazing from huge tables of food, imbibing, and laughing it up.
The bus serves as the headquarters and rallying symbol for a football-loving band of party-hearty group of staunch U of L fans. They made it official, creating a non-profit corporation called CardsPF, the PF for party fraternity.
Charlie Hulsman, the “chief executive,” says the company’s officers are longtime friends who grew up together in the Germantown area. “We’re all huge U of L fans,” he says. “We’ve been going to football games forever.” Other investors include Albert Linkenberg, Richard Karrer, Dan Dolan, Dan Schmalz, Donnie Manford, Joe Sullivan, Paul Hulsman, Peter Carrillo and Frank Hulsman.
The group even has its own web site at CardsPF.wikispaces.com, which is where members check the menu and signup for the next game’s party. “We have been 40 and 50 weekly,” says Hulsman. “There are probably twice that many for the UK game.”
The design for the bus was provided by Angela Sullivan and fellow members painted it by the numbers. Between games, the bus recuperates in the parking lot at a local liquor store. Between seasons, the vehicle hibernates in a warehouse on Goss Avenue.
Two years ago, the group was featured as “Fan of the Week” on the Big East’s weekly football broadcast. Here’s a video from the telecast (if it doesn’t work on your PC, go here):