The Estopinal Group also gathered input from Cardinals’ men’s soccer Coach Ken Lolla and women’s Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes in designing the facility.
“We’re delighted to begin construction on what will be the finest collegiate soccer stadium in the nation,” said Tom Jurich, U of L vice president and director of athletics in the press release. “A lot went in to this project; a lot of thought. A lot of dreams went into it. This is a huge boost for our campus and the regional soccer community.”
The stadium is not the first soccer stadium The Estopinal Group has designed, and Estopinal hopes to have anther facility underway soon. He explained part of his interest in soccer comes from owning Mocking Bird Valley Soccer Club, a large indoor complex, near Zorn Avenue and Interstate 71.
Estopinal also said he is an owner of the Orlando City Soccer Club Lions, that plays in the United Soccer League, but is hoping to join the MLS.
Estopinal said his firm is designing plans for a 17,000-seat stadium in Orlando should the team be able to join the MLS.
— News and Tribune