The University of Louisville says construction of a new campus soccer stadium could begin as early as June.
Officials say they’re ready to get moving on the project now that they’ve received a $5 million donation from longtime school supporters Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife, Cindy.
The $17.5 million facility will be located on Floyd Street, across from the football practice fields. The site is currently a parking lot. U of L still needs to raise about $3 million to fully fund the project.
Men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla says the stadium will help attract the best student athletes to the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
“We’ll (also) attract the best competition in the country to play here, because they’re going to want to play in the best stadium and experience it. But we’ll also attract even a greater fan base, and we’re going to fill that place, and it’s going to be electric,” Lolla said.
The stadium will have a seating capacity of more than 5,300, with an attached training center and other facilities.
The project is scheduled for completion in September 2014.