CRAWFORD | Logo removal at Cardinal Stadium will take time
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Removing “Papa John’s” from the University of Louisville’s football stadium took just the stroke of a pen and a brief news conference.
Actually removing the name will be a different matter entirely.
Just a glance at the Eastern entrance to Cardinal Stadium yields a view of no fewer than 20 instances of the name, and that’s without even going inside the gates.
It is included in iron on the four corner entrance arches to the stadium, and on small metal plates just below that. It appears at every entry point to the facility, and on all of the building directories that help fans find their seats.
For some, it’ll just require a screwdriver and some elbow grease. For others, it’ll entail a bit more.
There are lighted Papa John’s signs at the top of each elevator tower in the stadium, and the name and logo are painted on the roof of the stadium’s west side.
“We said effective immediately; I don’t know how quickly that will be,” U of L president Neeli Bendapudi said. “But it’s to move very quickly.”
Just finding all of the logos and mentions will be a challenge. One thing that won’t disappear, the Papa John’s concession stands. Bendapudi says the university hopes to keep those, as it differentiates between the company, which employs 120,000 people worldwide, and its founder, who used a racial slur in a conference call, prompting many to disassociate with him.
“It’s just going to be a process,” that’s the best way I can put it,” sports information director Kenny Klein said.
It should begin soon, with things that can be ordered quickly, like the standard university sign at the parking entrances. But getting everything down will likely take a while.
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