UofL’s Year of the Fan is for real, see Jerry Brumleve

Long-time UofL fans Jerry and Yvonne Brumleve are joined by the Cardinal Bird and Chick-fil-A cows.
Long-time UofL fans Jerry and Yvonne Brumleve are congratulated by the Cardinal Bird and the Chick-fil-A cows.

Pretty cool that Jerry Brumleve, an individual I got to know and respect as a friend and co-worker at Brown & Williamson a few years back, was the first big winner in the Cardinal Athletic Fund’s Year of the Fan promotion.

He and wife, Yvonne, won a trip to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Classic football game between the University of Louisville and Auburn on Sept. 5. The prize package includes two airplane tickets, a two-night stay at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel (the team hotel), and a bundle of UofL gear.

They also were honored with a neighborhood party Tuesday, with none other than Mark Jurich, associate athletic director, the Ladybirds dance team, and some Chick-fil-A employees pouring out of a bus in front of their house on Tuesday. The Brumleves invited several neighbors to join the party.

“We had a great time,” said Brumleve. “We were shocked that we won and happy to get together with UofL staff and fans and, of course, the Ladybirds. We’re very appreciative and supportive of UofL sports.”

The only wrinkle is that the Brumleves had already planned to drive to Atlanta with some close friends and wanted to honor that commitment. With UofL’s okay, they gave the free flight and game tickets to their daughter Melanie and their nephew Ben Horn. Jerry’s generosity only goes so far, however. He kept the UofL gear.

Brumleve was one of more than 3,000 people who have signed up for the CAF’s Year of the Fan campaign during the first week. UofL is rewarding fans for their loyalty and support over the years. It is also open to UofL fans who are not season ticket holders.

Fans who enter will be eligible for free tickets to different games, seat upgrades, parking upgrades, concession discounts and VIP access to other events, reports Megan Gormley, executive director of development.  Already in the plans is another free trip with tickets and hotel accommodations for the ACC Tournament in March.

“The concept presents a great opportunity for us to thank our fans for their belief in our vision and for their unwavering support of Cardinal Athletics,” said Jurich. “They are small tokens of our deep gratitude for the loyalty of Card Nation.”

Upcoming promotions:

Aug. 28 – 40 tickets will be given away to the men’s soccer game vs William and Mary.  Fans who sign up online or use the Twitter hashtag #yearofthefan will be eligible.
Aug. 30 – Invitation to a rules session before the field hockey game. Fans who bring their Year of the Fan ticket will receive free popcorn at the concession stands.
Aug. 31 – 40 tickets will be given away to the men’s soccer game vs Stanford.  Fans who signed up online or use the hashtag #yearofthefan Twitter hash tag will be eligible.
Sept. 1 – 50% discount at Cardinal Authentic in Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium for fans who bring their Year of the Fan card.  The store will have extended hours for the day (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Sept. 4 – Football locker room tour for five fans and guests.
Sept. 8 – 40 tickets to the men’s soccer game vs Kentucky.  Fans who sign up online or use the hashtag #yearofthefan will be eligible.
Sept. 11 – Free popcorn at volleyball for fans who bring their Year of the Fan ticket.
Sept. 12 – Fans who register online can receive upgrades to Loge football seating for the Houston home opening football game, upgrades to premium parking, pregame field access, drink coupons, and official Adidas gear.
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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.