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February 21, 2013The University of Louisville announced today that Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife Cindy have committed $5 million toward construction of a new soccer stadium on the UofL campus. It is one of the largest personal gifts ever made to UofL Athletics.
PHOTO GALLERY: Computer-generated renderings of Louisville's Lynn Soccer Stadium
"We sincerely appreciate and are overwhelmed by the generosity of Mark and Cindy," said Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. "They have been terrific supporters of our university for many years and great friends to all of our sports. We're thrilled to move forward on what will be the finest collegiate soccer stadium in the nation."
The $17.5 million, state-of-the-art soccer stadium will have seating capacity for over 5,300 and includes a 15,500 square foot training center with identical locker rooms for the UofL men's and women's teams, coaches offices, and a training room, as well as a suite and press box situated atop the grandstand at midfield. The natural turf field will be surrounded by chairback seating for 2,300 in the main grandstand, bleacher seating for 900 in the East end zone and two berms, which will accommodate 2,100. It is the second-largest on-campus facility project the Cardinals have built behind Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and its subsequent expansion.
The new stadium will be named Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. It will be located on Floyd Street in the space currently occupied by a parking lot across from the UofL football practice fields, making it visible from Interstate 65. Construction could begin as early as June, with a target date for completion by September 2014. UofL is still seeking donations to complete the project.
The Cardinals' men's soccer team has emerged as a national power, playing in the 2010 NCAA Championship game and reaching the NCAA Elite Eight each of the last three seasons under coach Ken Lolla. Nine UofL players have been taken in the first two rounds of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft the last three years, including this year's No. 1 overall selection Andrew Farrell. Former Cardinal Austin Berry was the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year, with former UofL teammate Nick DeLeon as the runner-up in that voting.
UofL's women's soccer team won the 2011 BIG EAST Conference National Division Championship, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and won a school-record 14 games. The Cardinals have earned three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last seven seasons under the guidance of coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes.
The University released a digital animation of what the stadium will look like once it is complete.