U of L receives huge gift to expand athletic facilities - WDRB 41 Louisville News

U of L receives huge gift to expand athletic facilities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville has announced a huge gift to expand its athletic facilities. 

The money is coming from the local franchisees of Planet Fitness, Rick and David Kueber.  They had already given $3 million to U of L in 2008, and on Thursday they announced they are giving $3 million more. 

The money is going to the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex's weight room.  Right now that weight room is 10,500 square feet.  That will double with the money given on Thursday. 

Also, the training facility within the weight room complex is 3500 square feet, and will double as well.  It will include a hydrotherapy room. 

Coach Charlie Strong explained the importance of this gift:  "This expansion of our facility, when you talk about our training room and our weight room is really huge for us as we move into the conference with the ACC.  You're going to see those, where you go into those conferences in cities in other schools where you talk about Clemson, you talk about North Carolina, you talk about Florida State.  Recruiting is big, and players do look at the facilities."

Coach Strong joked that he reminds players that they don't get to eat and sleep in those facilities, but they do use them a lot, and that's why they are so important for recruits.

Strong said no plans have been drawn up just yet.  He wants to wait until U of L gets into the ACC, then take a look at facilities at other universities and see what they have that U of L does not.

Strong also said he would like to see Papa John's Cardinal Stadium closed in so that the noise during games would be that much louder. He added that if U of L keeps winning, perhaps they can find the money to do that.

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