Louisville City FC is pleased to announce a partnership with the Lynn Family for naming rights to the club’s new stadium. Set to open in Spring of 2020, LouCity’s new home will be called Lynn Family Stadium.
"We are thrilled to be able to contribute not only to the development and appreciation of soccer but to the Louisville community as a whole,” said Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn. “We have been fans of Louisville City FC since its inception, so this truly fits what we are passionate about. We could not be more honored in helping Louisville City FC erect a stadium built for soccer where the city can come together to enjoy the fastest growing sport in America."
The soccer-specific stadium is a showpiece for the city just East of downtown in the Butchertown neighborhood. The USL Championship club has partnered with Messer-Harmon JV (joint venture) to build its new $65 million stadium in one of the most visible areas just east of downtown.
“The Lynn Family are the perfect fit for Louisville City because they believe in the same things we do as an organization: family, community and success,” Louisville City FC President Brad Estes said. “We feel fortunate to have a long-term partnership with a naming rights sponsor who aligns with our club’s values.”
Louisville City FC and the Lynn Family have committed to a 10-year partnership. Lynn Family Stadium will hold up to 14,000 fans with permanent seating for over 11,000. The club won back-to-back USL Championship titles in 2017 and 2018 and is in playoff contention again this season.
“We are forever grateful to Dr. Mark and Cindy for what they and their family have done to help bring professional soccer to Louisville,” Louisville City chairman John Neace said. “This act of community spirit further enhances our belief that it takes a city to build a championship club. We are family.”
This will be Louisville City’s final season in Slugger Field, the club’s home field since its inaugural season. Lynn Family Stadium will be an ideal environment for professional soccer in Louisville.
“Lynn Family Stadium will be a cathedral for soccer in downtown Louisville,” Louisville City coach John Hackworth said. “The design and layout of this stadium is incredible, and I can’t wait to lead my team onto the field inside our new home in 2020.”
Seat selection for Season Ticket Members began last week with the club’s longest-term members selecting their seats in the new venue. Seat selection for Season Ticket Members will continue for the next two weeks before 2020 deposit-holders will begin selecting their seats. The general public will gain access to season tickets on Sept. 9, 2019.
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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 20, 2018: Louisville City Football Club is delighted to announce the closing of the financing for its soccer specific stadium in Butchertown, which will be completed for the 2020 season. Syndicated by Fifth Third Bank, this $50 million financing paves the way for the 11,300-seat anchor in the 35-acre Butchertown Development District.
First Financial Bank, Regions Bank, Limestone Bank, Paducah Bank, Wesbanco Bank, Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, and Commonwealth Bank and Trust join Fifth Third as lenders in the deal. In addition, Middleton Reutlinger served as counsel to the Club during the transaction.
LouCity President Brad Estes said this about taking a massive next step toward the future:
“Our new stadium is a real sign of progress both for this club and the community at large. For the first time, we will benefit from all the revenue streams associated with professional soccer, which means sustainability for our business model long into the future. We would like to thank all our partners, especially the Mayor’s Office and Metro Council, without whom this stadium would not be possible.”
Michael Ash, Market President of Fifth Third Bank, added:
“Fifth Third Bank is proud to serve as the leader in the syndicated bank facility for the Lou City stadium. We remain committed to the development of this community, and it is that vision that drew us to this project. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Louisville City FC, and the city of Louisville.”
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 27, 2018: Messer/Harmon JV has been selected to build Louisville City Football Club’s new stadium in the historic and burgeoning Butchertown area. Construction begins in earnest this week.
Messer Construction is one of the region's largest building contracters and is employee-owned with nearly 120 works n the Louisville area. Harmon Construction, based in North Vernon, Ind., has strong ties to Louisville. William A. “Billy” Harmon, the firm’s president, played basketball for the University of Louisville from 1973–77.
Messer and Harmon previously teamed up to manage the expansion of the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium, a $63.25 million project that added 5,400 seats, loge level seating and field level suites. The LouCity FC stadium is a $65 million project with 11,300 seats.
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PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2017: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer arrived to the stage Thursday to chants of “build the stadium!” He banged on a drum with Louisville City FC’s supporters, the Coopers. Then he delivered a message that hundreds assembled at the Copper & Kings brandy distillery took to kindly.
“It’s going to take the state. It’s going to take the city. It’s going to take a big commitment from the owners as well,” Fischer said at the Paint Butchertown Purple stadium rally. “But all the pieces are falling into place.”
Three months after LouCity announced its future stadium site, the project took another step forward Thursday as the Coopers and Butchertown Neighborhood Association teamed for a supporter-led rally at Copper & Kings.
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PUBLISHED JUNE 26, 2017: Metro Council approved a city budget that earmarked $250,000 for a survey and environmental study at the Butchertown stadium site, Insider Louisville reported.
“There’s some really positive momentum surrounding Louisville City FC right now,” team spokesman Jonathan Lintner told IL.
The news came amid a sharp increase in attendance to open the 2017 season, with more than 8,000 per home game recorded so far.
In a follow-up story from WDRB, Metro Council representative Barbara Sexton Smith, whose district includes Butchertown, said the stadium would be an “economic boon for our community." Sexton Smith added that her office has received much feedback from the community supporting the project.
PUBLISHED APRIL 12: A study conducted last year by the City of Louisville determined a soccer-specific stadium is needed to maintain and grow the game here. Now, after months of work with various property owners, Louisville City FC is a step closer to making that a reality.
Tracts of land are under option in the Butchertown Neighborhood, where the club plans to transform 40 acres into a 10,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium and adjacent development including space for offices, hotels and retail.
Through public-private partnership, LouCity intends to continue the revitalization of downtown Louisville and surrounding areas in space occupied by the former Challenger Lifts headquarters, an above-ground oil tank facility, a storage space and auto salvage lot.
A 10,000-seat soccer-specific stadium would open in 2020 on a site that is, as with the club, a winner. It’s situated next to Interstates 64 and 71, blocks from Main Street; a close walk from the Big Four Bridge; and within view of the downtown Louisville skyline.
LouCity is working with city government, Metro Council members and state economic development officials to make the project a reality. Construction of a stadium and nearby development, including office and retail space, would create jobs, drive tax revenues and spur economic growth beyond soccer.
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PUBLISHED JAN. 26: Louisville City FC has entered into partnership with global architecture firm HOK for design of a soccer-specific stadium and adjacent development projects, a key step in the club’s pursuit of a long-term home.
HOK will provide the vision for a 10,000-seat stadium that could later expand in capacity to 20,000. The overall site plan will also include space for office and retail development.
“We’re getting closer to securing a lot in urban Louisville, and now we’re thinking about what we can build on it,” said LouCity Chairman John Neace. “HOK’s work ensures that once a location is determined, community members will have a tangible picture of Louisville City FC’s future.”
HOK has worked since 2015 with the LouCity’s United Soccer League, helping position each of its clubs in soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. The firm’s soccer portfolio boasts Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to MLS’ Atlanta United, the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium and a number of USL ventures.
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PUBLISHED AUG. 4: A study conducted by Convention, Sports & Leisure and Legends and released by Louisville Forward confirms that a soccer-specific stadium is needed to maintain and grow professional soccer in Louisville.
“While Louisville Slugger Field has been a good first home for professional soccer, we must remain competitive, and sharing fields is not sustainable,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Louisville City Football Club is off to a great start, and we must embrace the growing demand for soccer in our city and strategically prepare for long-term growth.”
The Mayor added that, “Having vibrant arts, sports, entertainment and recreational activities is a core strategy for any competitive city,” but noted that, “we can only consider building a stadium if a significant portion of funding is committed by the private sector.”
The study calls for a soccer-specific stadium, with the ability to hold up to 10,000 seats, to be built by the year 2020. While no exact locations are named in the study, the United Soccer League prefers locating stadiums in or around downtown urban core areas to enhance the market potential for professional soccer in terms of audience and growing fan base.
The site selection portion of the study is omitted for the obvious reason that the publication of that information likely would lead to land speculation that could ultimately cost the City (and the taxpayers) more money.
“The Louisville City ownership and entire organization appreciate Mayor Fischer’s and Metro Government’s support to conduct this study,” said team president Amanda Duffy. “We are thrilled this study confirms the support, steps and feasibility for a soccer-specific stadium in Louisville. The success Louisville City has experienced on and off the field has been resounding, and we look forward to working closely with members of Metro Council and other civic leaders to take the next steps as recommended by this study.”
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