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IMAGES | U of L gives tour of construction on $63 million Papa John's Cardinal Stadium expansion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will look a little different this year.

Right now, the stadium is under construction, part of a $63 million expansion project that will add another 10,000 seats.

"I don't think any college in the United States can compete with us as far as the uniqueness of it," said Tom Jurich, Vice President Director of Athletics at the University of Louisville.

On Thursday afternoon, Jurich and son Mark, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development, gave the media an update on the expansion project.

I know my dad spoke a little bit about what it means to coach Petrino and the team, but I'm excited for our fans," said Mark Jurich, who is spearheading the project and said the expansion will be a win for players, coaches and fans.

"Adding another 10,000 seats, as you can see, you're going to be right on top," Mark Jurich said. "Our fans are going to be right on top of the crowd, giving our players an atmosphere unlike they've never seen before."

Under the leadership of the father and son, the football program has come a long way, but both Tom and Mark Jurich said fans deserves the credit.

"I'm very, very proud of all our fans because our fans made this possible," Tom Jurich said. "Their generosity is something that we will certainly never take for granted."

School officials say the construction will not impact fans or parking. The work is expected to be finished for next year's season opener.

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