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Structural deficiencies found in Cardinal Stadium; causes concert series changes

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The Ky. State Fair Board has announced plans to demolish Cardinal Stadium due to structural deficiencies, but there is no word on when that will happen. The Ky. State Fair Board has announced plans to demolish Cardinal Stadium due to structural deficiencies, but there is no word on when that will happen.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board says, due to deteriorating conditions, the grandstand area in Cardinal Stadium will no longer be used.

Clifford Rippetoe says there will be some changes to the concert series this year for the Kentucky State Fair, as a result of a new report.

The report found several structural deficiencies in the 56-year-old Cardinal Stadium.

According to the report, there is water damage, rotting plywood, brick failures, mold, and damaged concrete.

It has Kentucky State Fair Board officials rethinking their plan for the upcoming state fair concert series in August.

"And so in response to that, we are going to create this new environment for our concert series. That means everyone will be on the field itself, which is completely safe..rather than being in the grandstands themselves," says Clifford Rippetoe, President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Officials say they don't have concerns about the field itself -- only the structure.

Seating and bleachers will be set up on the field to accommodate people attending the Kentucky State Fair concerts.

"We'll be able to bring in people from the end zone areas so they no longer have to go through those areas and not anywhere near the structure," says Clifford Rippetoe.

Kentucky State Fair board officials are looking at all options for the stadium, including demolition.

 Officials say they're still waiting on more reports to determine further action.

"It remains on the plan for there to be a demolition. We've always intended to be able to do a study that would give us a idea of what campus should look like in the next 5-10 years," says Clifford Rippetoe.

They say the State Fair Board's long-term plan does include this, and future reports will determine when it could happen.

"It's a possibility it's going to be demolished sooner than later. I think it's a 56-year-old facility. It's continued to have deterioration in recent years. If we actually went in and fixed everything that was there, it would just be too cost-prohibitive," says Clifford Rippetoe.

As for the Kentucky State Fair free concert series, acts include the following groups:

Aug 15 Vertical Horizon and Blind Melon

Aug 16 En Vogue and Unlimited

Aug 17 Chevelle

Aug 18 Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune

Aug 19 Casting Crowns

Aug 20 Clay Walker and Parmalee

Aug 21 Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Kelsey K

Aug 22 Happy Together Tour (The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett and Mark Lindsay)

Aug 23 Montgomery Gentry

Aug 24 Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry

These concerts are free with paid Fair admission. Kentucky State Fair dates are August 15 – 25.

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