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June 17, 2013

Soccer passions lead to new designs

New stadium breaks ground on U of L Campus with Jeffersonville ties

LOUISVILLE —

The University of Louisville’s soccer program has reached new heights on the field, and a new stadium to match is being designed by Jeffersonville architectural company The Estopinal Group.

Construction on the $15.8 million Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium started this month, and the stadium will be the first collegiate LEED Certified (Silver) facility in the nation and is designed to be used exclusively for Division 1 soccer, according to a press release.

“There was, from day one, a very strong commitment from U of L athletics that this was going to be a one-sport facility and it was going to be exceptional; I think it’s there,” said Wayne Estopinal, president of the Estopinal Group.

The Estopinal Group has worked collaboratively with the university as the architect for the stadium since 2011 and Abel Construction will build the stadium. It will be located on Floyd Street in the space across from the U of L football practice fields, making it visible from Interstate 65.

Estopinal said a passion for soccer that he and others at the architecture firm have for the sport helped set the group apart when they submitted their plans and helped generate some innovative ideas for the stadium.

“They recognized that, and thought they found their project team, and we’re very pleased to be involved,” he said, referring to U of L.

 

SOCCER-ONLY

He outlined some of the elements of the U of L stadium that set the facility apart from other collegiate stadiums. The initial and most obvious difference is the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium is designed only for soccer.

The stadium, with a grass field, will offer seating for more than 5,800 fans, with 2,400 chairback seats in the main grandstand and bleacher seating in the east end-zone and two berms for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, according to the release. 

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