University of Louisville men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla said there “won’t be a stadium like it” in college soccer anywhere in the country.
U of L athletic director Tom Jurich said it will further help the school’s athletic department in a transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference, while women’s soccer coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes called it “amazing.”
The three were talking about a new state-of-the-art soccer stadium the school unveiled plans for on Thursday, announcing a major $5 million donation, naming rights and the plans for construction to begin in June.
”These soccer teams are going to have the most unbelievable home you could ever imagine,” Jurich said, giving thanks to Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn for the donation of $5 million that put the plans in the works to build it now.
”This is not a corporate gift,” Jurich said. “The gift came from the bottom of the hearts of two individuals.” He noted it was one of the top individual gifts the U of L athletic department has ever received.
The new stadium will have a minimum seating capacity of more than 5,300 and includes a 15,500 square-foot training facility with locker rooms for both men’s and women’s teams, offices, a training room, a suite and a press box.
Jurich said the seating capacity could be more but that won’t be known until the building company is hired and the construction begins.
Mark Jurich, the school’s associate athletic director for development, said the school still needs to raise about $3 million for the project.
The stadium – which will be named the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium – is expected to open in September of 2014.
Lolla and Ferguson-Dayes said the new stadium will be a major boost to recruiting for both programs.
Mark Jurich said the renderings of the stadium shown at the news conference were designed by Wayne Estopinal, of the Estopinal Group in Louisville.