Exciting news for soccer fans! Louisville City Football Club plans to build a professional soccer stadium in Butchertown – an estimated $200 million investment in urban Louisville. Assuming that the financing plans are successful, the club hopes to break ground in Spring 2018.
According to the current timeline, the stadium will open in 2020, the deadline that the United Soccer League set for member teams to move into soccer-specific stadiums.
Louisville City FC, a professional soccer club, designed the 10,000-seat stadium to be capable of expanding to 20,000 seats in the event of a jump to first-tier Major League Soccer. Currently, the club leases Louisville Slugger Field from the Bats for $5,000 per game, with the baseball diamond converting to a soccer pitch before every home game.
Louisville City FC fan clubs are ecstatic. “We really love having a team,” said James Pizzolato, member of the Louisville Heretics group. “It’s great to have a home, a stadium of your own. It offers security so that the team will stay around and be viable for a long time.”
The stadium will be built on 40 acres of land, and will include a 10,000-seat soccer stadium with office, retail and hotel space. In addition to hosting Louisville City’s home games, the stadium will be used to host youth soccer teams, high school state championships, and concerts.