Cardinal Stadium Expansion

Louisville, Kentucky

The University of Louisville hired CMTA to renovate and expand Cardinal Stadium. The North end zone expansion created 6,000 seats which included field level luxury suites, new lodge boxes on the lower concourse and a club suite. The stair towers constructed on both sides of the stadium were used to incorporate new video scoreboards. The stadium sports lighting had to be adjusted and aimed to accommodate the new scoreboards. Along with this addition, the existing Schnellenberger building, which is used as the football training facility, was renovated and expanded adding an additional 44,000 square feet to the existing 45,000 square foot building. The renovations included the football weight room, new team meeting rooms, physical therapy areas with hydrotherapy pools, new team lounge spaces, offices and club areas for fans. New led lighting was added and replaced throughout the facility. CMTA designed the infrastructure for the XOs System, an intranet system for breakdown and sharing of game film among coaches and players. New broadcast infrastructure equipment was installed for three new camera locations.

On the south end of Cardinal Stadium, a new 55,000 sf Thorntons Athletic Academic and Nutrition Center was added up and under the south seating and terrace. This “floating building” houses a large dining hall, athletics offices, meeting rooms, study lounges and a large auditorium for student athletes.

The expansion took place on top of all the existing utilities that served the stadium. Extensive work was done to relocate existing 15kv utility, sewer, gas, water and communications lines. Utility shutdowns took place over night and on weekends when football staff were travelling to minimize downtime of the facility. This required extensive planning during design and release of early bid packages to coordinate with coaching recruiting travel.