One of USL's most popular teams is living the dream of building a brand new stadium. Louisville City FC held groundbreaking last week and revealed new details, both in terms of capacity and design of their planned home.
Last Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for what will become Lou City's first football-specific stadium. There were not only hundreds of fans and team officials in attendance, but also mayor of Louisville and governor of Kentucky.
Along with them came Ryan Gedney of HOK, the architectural company hired in January of 2017 to deliver the stadium's concept. And deliver they did, however the final shape is far different than the 2017 preliminary vision. No longer with individual stands, rather with a U-shaped double tier and semi-open end in the north west.
More importantly, the stadium's capacity has also changed from the initial 10,000 to 11,300. And there's room to grow further in the future. Rightly so, because Lou City are proving to be one of the most popular teams across USL, the country's second league.
Last year their regular attendance reached 8,613 people, which is actually more than anticipated for Slugger Field overall. The baseball stadium was initially only to host 8,000 soccer fans, now relocation just 770 meters east, to Butchertown, could not come soon enough.
The Butchertown area offers 16 hectares, which means not only football use is planned. Just like in the preliminary concept, the plot will host a long list of non-matchday uses, including a hotel, offices and commercial spaces for retail and dining.
The $50-million project is expected to welcome fans in 2020, hosting 18 luxury suites as well as 8 bars spread around the venue.