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Cardinal Stadium hosts concert series while future remains unknown

Because of safety concerns, no one is allowed to sit in the stands anymore, so 5,000 seats are now on the field. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Because of safety concerns, no one is allowed to sit in the stands anymore, so 5,000 seats are now on the field. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
This is the second year for the The Turf Concert Series. (Source: WAVE 3 News) This is the second year for the The Turf Concert Series. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Amanda Storment (Source: WAVE 3 News) Amanda Storment (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A walk through the Kentucky State Fair could be a trip down memory lane, especially for Louisville football and basketball fans.

The University of Louisville Cardinals no longer play at Cardinal Stadium or Freedom Hall, but that doesn't mean the facilities aren't being used.

This is the second year for the The Turf Concert Series. Because of safety concerns, no one is allowed to sit in the stands anymore, so 5,000 seats are now on the field.

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At some point, it will be decided what's next for this property.

For 58 years the state fair has been held at the Kentucky Expo Center. Back then Cardinal Stadium and Freedom Hall were shiny and new.

"Home of the Cardinals, the old Cardinal had the Louisville Colonels baseball team, then the Louisville Red Birds," said Louisville fan Terry Drisckell. 

For the longtime Louisville residents there were a lot of memories made in these Cardinal Stadium seats that have seen better days.

"That's when we started winning a lot of when Schnellenberger, that's basically when I became a football fan," said Cards fan William Simons.

While the future of is unknown for both Cardinal Stadium and Freedom, studies are in the works to decide what's best for this property.

What's clear, a basketball arena and football stadium simply aren't needed anymore.

"Whatever we put in here will be best suited for this campus, it will be best suited for our clients and clients that we want to attract as well," said Amanda Storment, with the Kentucky State Fair.

Once funding is available Cardinal Stadium will be demolished, but that is probably at least a year or two away.

"We will keep on using this Kentucky Exposition Center to attract trade shows and conventions and concerts as well," said Storment.

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