Louisville City FC eyes potential sites for stadium
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Almost 10,000 screaming soccer fans broke the attendance record for Louisville City FC on Tuesday. But what the team really wants to score is a new stadium.
"We've identified some sites that have the potential to work for us," General Manager, Amanda Duffy said.
In order for the team to become part of Major League Soccer, the stadium would have to be downtown. At least that's what the MLS commissioner has indicated, Duffy said.
That's the area the team is scouting, though they didn't give us any specifics.
"There are probably four or five sites right now," Duffy said.
The challenges include accessibility and space. For now Louisville's Slugger Field will be their home, at least for the next two seasons. But the team did say that they want to be out of here before their five-year contract is up.
The team will need the support of one fan, in particular: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
"Clearly there is demand in our community," Fischer said. "So now we've got to say, how much does it cost, where could it be located and then who's going to pay for it."
The price tag ranges between $50 and $60 million according to Duffy, in order to be able to expand from 10,000 to 25,000 seats.
It'll require a partnership with the team, the city and investors pitching in.
"If we're having 10,000 or 8,000 people a game, you know the numbers to make this happen will get a lot easier," Fischer acknowledged.
It also helps that one of the owners, Wayne Estopinal is an architect by trade and helped in the design of Orlando City's home, while another part owner is local developer Gill Holland.
"It's something I want to pursue for the city and try to get it so we win the game," Fischer said.
The next home game is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The GM and the mayor challenge fans to show how much support for the team there really is.
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