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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville will expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the second time in the last decade, according to a news release. 

The expansion will enclose the north end zone, create multiple new fan amenities and enlarge and enhance the training facilities for the football team. 

"We are extremely excited to launch this project and know our fans are thrilled as well," said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice President and Director of Athletics. "We worked extremely hard on this one to ensure the timing was right before we moved forward. We feel that we have a plan in place that will excite our fans and continue to advance our program, which has truly gained a national stage with our university's move to the ACC." 

About 10,000 additional seats will be added with the expansion, creating a unique look in the end zone structure for the stadium and increasing the total seating capacity to 65,000. 

The expansion will include 1,000 modern club seats, 65 new premium level boxes and 10 exclusive field level suites while adding 25,000 distinct square feet of space. The club seats will have access to a premier gathering area that will provide viewing access to the field. The middle of the field will feature a special entrance for the team surrounded by supporters. 

The Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, which currently sits in the north end zone, will undergo a major expansion and facelift. The team's weight room and conditioning center will double in size, creating a total of 20,000 square feet of work space for training, condition and therapeutic support. 

The project will cost approximately $55 million, which will be raised through sponsorships, private donations, ticket sales and other sources. 

Originally completed in 1998, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium opened with a capacity of 42,000 and was expanded in 2010 to its present capacity of 55,000. 

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