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Consultant to weigh in on future of old Cardinal Stadium

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cardinal Stadium may be empty by day, but at night it's a different story during the Kentucky State Fair for the free Turf Concert Series.

"The entrance here, there, and one on the other side. People hang out in the sun and then go in and party," says Chris Williams, Owner of 502 Cafe.

It has meant big business for Chris Williams with 502 Cafe, who has a food truck set up outside the stadium.

He says there's been a lot of talk as people head inside to seats on the field.

"Everybody's wondering- A lot of people didn't know they couldn't sit in the stands this year. All the seats are down on the turf. People are wondering if they're going to tear it down, when are they going to tear it down, why aren't they going to fix it. People are really curious about it," says Chris Williams.

"Earlier this year we had an inspection done of our stadium and we discovered that there needed to some repairs on the concrete area of the concrete bleachers," says Rip Rippetoe, the Fair Board President.

Due to building-code violations and potential safety hazards, the stadium was closed in April.

We questioned Fair Board President, Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, about whether demolition will happen. Demolition is estimated to cost $9 million to $11 million dollars.

"I think it's a possibility that it would be sooner than later. I think it's inevitable that it would happen," says Rip Rippetoe.

Rippetoe says they plan to hire a consultant to help determine what the future will hold.

"We actually have in our budget for this year a line-item that allows to go out and do an RFP, a Master Plan study, for the entire campus. As part of that, we're going to look at what the future of this location holds," says Rippetoe.

Fair Board officials say there's no solid plans yet about what to do with all this space. They'll soon be asking for feedback.

Rippetoe says clients, and local and state leaders, will be among the people they talk to.

While many people have suggestions for Cardinal Stadium, Fair Board officials say they don't want to speculate, and nothing is concrete just yet.

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