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Construction Begins on $65M KY Soccer Stadium

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Louisville, Kentucky’s new soccer stadium is finally beginning to look the part, as construction on the site began late last month.

According to WHAS11, a Louisville ABC affiliate, teams are in place and headed toward the opening date of March 2020, in time for the start of that year’s season for Lou City FC, which plays in the United Soccer League.

The Project

Leading construction on the $65 million project is a joint venture of Messer Construction and Harmon Construction, with architecture firm HOK also on board.

HOK Architects

Louisville, Kentucky’s new soccer stadium is finally beginning to look the part, as construction on the site began late last month.

Messer Construction project executive Jason Larkin told WHAS11 that even though crews are beginning with the winter season, they have a strict timeline and plan to adhere to it with the help of some specific materials.

"Here in Louisville, if we stopped every winter, we would never get anything done. So, there's special add mixtures that go into the concrete. There's special procedures that we use to keep the ground from freezing,” Larkin said.

"Right now, we're drilling what we call a deep foundation so drilling down into the ground 60 to 70 to 80 feet, filling them up with concrete, and rebar. That's what we will build our foundation off of to bring the stadium up off the ground. We'll be doing that work for the next two months. So, you'll be seeing everything underground for two months and then everything will start popping up in the air starting in February."

The JV has made a commitment to at least 20 percent minority participation on the project, which includes 5 percent female-owned businesses. In addition, at least 75 percent of the workforce must reside in the area.

The 11,000-seat stadium is the centerpiece for a larger, $200 million, 40-acre mixed-used development in the works for the city’s Waterfront Park area.

Other components of the stadium include:

  • 18 luxury suites;
  • Premier Club area with accommodations for 250;
  • Club and loge seating options; and
  • A 40- by 72-foot video board.

The project came to pass after a survey was conducted by Convention, Sports & Leasure and Legends, which was released last August and concluded that if Louisville wanted to continue growing professional soccer, the team needed its own stadium.

The FC currently shares a field with the Louisville Bats, a Minor League Baseball team.

Mayor Greg Fischer said at the time that sharing fields was not sustainabile and that “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.”

HOK reportedly has provided a vision that allows for plans to one day expand the 11,000-seat space to 20,000.


Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Construction; Good Technical Practice; North America; Ongoing projects; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

Comment from peter gibson, (12/6/2018, 6:40 PM)

$65 mil for a stadium. How come football billions of dollars.

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (12/10/2018, 11:42 AM)

Peter, soccer is small potatoes in the US and the stadium prices reflect that. For NHL, Vegas paid $500 million and Seattle paid ~$650 million for a franchise (a little more than Edmonton paid for its new Rogers Place arena)...and to get an NFL team, you're looking at figures in the it's no wonder the stadiums cost the same. Big money = big spending. To be fair, though, I do agree....I think pro sports is getting out of hand in terms of the money involved.

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