LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This steel is rising and the cranes are moving as the Louisville City FC stadium continues to grow into its new Butchertown home.
When it’s done in time for the 2020 season, team officials say there will be nothing minor-league about it.
“It’s not a minor league stadium, I’ll just go ahead and say that,” Brad Estes, Louisville City FC President, said. “We’re not a minor league team. We’re a fully professional soccer team. This is a stadium that’s going to rival any in the country.”
As the steel structure of the seating areas take shape, the field is still a construction zone of heavy equipment, rock and dirt.
It is viewed as a bold step for a team and a city that is relatively new to professional soccer.
“To have a club that has come in and was immediately successful and in four years’ time to raise a trophy twice, it’s un-paralleled,” Louisville City FC Coach John Hackworth said. “When I saw renderings and talked to Brad (Estes) about this building, it changes everything.”
Surprisingly, the construction is on schedule, despite a winter filled with frequent rains and some hard freezes.
“We know starting in late fall that you’re going to deal with some of the wettest times of the year,” Messer Construction Project Executive Jason Larkin said. “When our subcontractors signed up for this job, they were on board to deal with those weather situations.”
The finished $65 million structure will have a capacity for 14,000 fans, with seating for 11,700 and 18 luxury boxes.