Football program receives $3 million gift

Football program receives $3 million gift

University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Planet Fitness on Thursday morning, where it was announced the new business has donated $3 million towards the expansion of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

Athletic facility construction seems to never end at the University of Louisville. Current projects include the new Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium and improvements to softball's Ulmer Stadium.

On Tuesday morning, Cardinal football head coach Charlie Strong attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Planet Fitness location, where it was announced that the business, whose principals include Rick and David Kueber, committed a $3 million gift toward the construction and support for the expansion of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

"This expansion for our facility, and we're talking about the weight room and the training room, is really huge for us as we move conferences to the ACC," Strong said. "When you go to that conference and start looking at the facilities of the other schools, talking about Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State, recruiting is big and players do look at the facilities. We have a nice facility right now and for us to expand it is going to be more important."

Built in 1998, the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex houses every aspect of the Cardinals' football program. The Cardinals' academic services, weight room, training room and equipment areas are all located in the Complex. As part of the partnership, Coach Strong will endorse the Planet Fitness brand in the Louisville area.

"We are very thankful for the gift from the Kuebers and their Planet Fitness business," said U of L Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. "The Kuebers have been great contributors to the university and I'm so appreciative of everything they have done through the years to benefit our department. This gift enables us to continue to build this football program and give our student-athletes the best opportunity to be successful."

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