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U of L opens state of the art soccer stadium

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville unveiled its new state of the art soccer stadium, two days ahead of the first home games for both the men and women's teams.

A ribbon cutting took place at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium on Floyd Street Wednesday. U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich was joined by the Lynn family in welcoming the soccer stadium into the impressive list of state of the art athletic facilities, including the KFC Yum! Center and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The stadium can host more than 5,000 fans, and boasts a big screen. The adjacent training center includes a 700 sq. ft. warm-up area, player lounges, equipment rooms, and a classroom. For security reasons, players and staff can only get access to the training center using finger print technology.

"The technology, the locker rooms, the facility, everything is so unbelievable," said men's soccer player Ricardo Velazco.

The stadium cost $18.5 million to build, with a large portion being donated by Dr. Mark Lynn.

"You just want to get out there and play as soon as possible," said goalie Joachim Ball.

Men's soccer head coach Ken Lolla says the facility is an example of Jurich's commitment to athletic excellence. He also says it is not only a good thing for U of L soccer, but the sport as a whole.

"I think the game of soccer--especially at the college level--will be the greatest benefactor of this stadium," said Lolla. "It will push the venues all around the country to be better and bigger and create a better experience for their student athletes."

Lolla said even before completion, the stadium helped with recruitment.

"The plans itself helped recruiting," he said. "The drawings we had, the video we showed, but it's amazing to see when recruits come into this facility how emotionally that changes."

Men's soccer will play their first home game Friday Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Women's soccer will play at 5:30 p.m.

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