Study says Louisville City FC needs new 10,000-seat stadium
A new study says Louisville needs a stadium made for soccer if the sport is going to continue growing in the city.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new study says Louisville needs a stadium made for soccer if the sport is going to continue growing in the city.
The study, paid for by the city of Louisville, was conducted by the firm Convention, Sports & Leisure.
Louisville City FC currently plays at Slugger Field, but this new study calls for a soccer-specific stadium that can hold 10,000 fans.
In the team's inaugural 2015 season, attendance averaged more than 7,000 fans per game, the second-highest among 24 USL teams and more than double the league average attendance.
The study calls for the new stadium to be built by 2020 but didn't recommend a location. It would cost between $30 million and $50 million.
“We are thrilled this study confirms the support, steps and feasibility for a soccer-specific stadium in Louisville," team president Amanda Duffy said. "The success Louisville City has experienced on and off the field has been resounding, and we look forward to working closely with members of Metro Council and other civic leaders to take the next steps as recommended by this study.”
A few months back, Metro Councilman Dan Johnson sponsored an ordinance that would pave the way to build a stadium near Champions Park near Zorn Avenue and I-71.
Digging a deeper into the study, only 15 out of the 29 United Soccer League teams play in soccer-specific stadiums.
The study also found that the majority of season ticket holders live within 10 miles of Slugger Field, suggesting a stadium location near the downtown area would be best.
In the past five years, five soccer-specific stadiums have been built in USL markets, ranging in cost from $4 million to $25 million.
Louisville's population of 1.7 million people ranks 19th highest among the 26 U.S-based USL markets.
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