Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has been the home for Louisville Cardinals since 1998. The venue was expanded in 2010 creating the seat capacity of 55000 currently with a view of further expansion by 2019 allowing another extra 10000 Louisville Cardinals tickets to be available for the fans.
One of the stadium features is a statue of Johnny Unitas, the most famous football alumnus of the university and it is a part of tradition for players to touch the base of the statute prior to kick off.
Basketball fans go to KFC Yum! Center, where they have been enjoying college hoops since 2010 when the arena was opened. With over 22000 seats it’s the third largest college arena by seating capacity in the United States.
Louisville Cardinals football program was born in 1912 where the university won three out of its four games in their first season. Basketball arrived a year earlier in 1911. They are members of Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football), Atlantic Division.
The university colours are red and black, the university mascot is Louie, Cardinal Bird chosen to be a mascot in 1913 because of the northern cardinal being the state bird of Kentucky.
The Cardinals have fierce rivalries with Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Bearcats and Memphis Tigers.
To date, the football programs produced all- time record of 487-445-17, won 8 conference championships and took part in 20 Bowl games, 10 of which they have won, including their very first one against Drake in Sun Bowl in 1957 and their latest one in Music City Bowl, in 2015 against Texans A&M.
The most famous Cardinal that went onto having great NFL career was Johnny Unitas, a quarterback known under the nickname “The Golden Arm”.
Unitas spent most of his career playing for Baltimore Colts, leading them to a win in Super Bowl V. He was MVP of the league several times by several different agencies. He went to 10 Pro Bowls, including being three times MVP. Prior to the NFL merger he also led the Colts to three more NFL championships. He got inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks.
The Louisville University is quite known for providing NFL with dependable players who go onto having long careers and contributing to their teams.
Basketball programs made even more noise than football by winning three NCAA Tournament championships. In total, the Cardinals went to 41 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Final Four ten times, last one being in 2013, the same year as their last championship.
The Cardinals won 19 conference tournament championships and 23 conference regular season titles.
Their most accomplished player that made a name for himself in NBA is Wes Unseld who played for 14 seasons for the Bullets. He won championship with them as well as being named the NBA finals MVP. He was also NBA MVP, rookie of the year and one season he led the league in rebounds. He was chosen to play in 5 NBA All- Star games and he was inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It is quite obvious that the Louisville University has been able to field competitive teams that were built from accomplished athletes who found their ground once in pro leagues.