Narrowing down a home for a Louisville soccer stadium

Narrowing down a home for a Louisville soccer stadium

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With a new study in the works, a new soccer stadium for Louisville City Football Club is one step closer to reality. Now, Metro Council Members are kicking the idea around.

The arrows are being pointed towards Bill Hollander's district.

"Where is the best spot in the entire community to build this?" Hollander asked.

A resolution has been drafted by Council Member Dan Johnson urging support to place the new soccer stadium at Champions Park along River Road.

Johnson said the space is open, big enough and has easy access. He said that is where the team's owners would like it to go.

Other council members are also thinking about it.

"I'd like to see even a step further which would be a full master plan of how to best utilize the park system that would include Eva Bandman, Champions Park, Thurman Hutchins, Cox Park," Councilwoman Angela Leet said.

There is one possible problem with area.

"It's available because it's in a flood plain," Ken Luther, the president of the team's fan club, said.

Building on a flood plain didn't work out so well for St. Louis FC, it flooded, causing $1 million in damage. Luther wants to see the stadium downtown since fans meet near Whiskey Row at the restaurants before the games.

"We beat drums, sing songs and then we March down Washington Street to the stadium," Luther said.
The $75,000 study is looking at four top secret spots. There's been no word if the River Road location is one of them.

"I think it's premature to talk about Champions Park or any other particular site until that study is concluded," Hollander said.

Johnson said he's presenting the resolution to council members in two weeks.

A city spokesperson said the study on the new stadium could be completed by late spring, early summer.

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