Friday, February 14, 2014
Calling all Louisville fans
By Andrea Adelson
Now that Louisville has officially moved into this cozy blog space, we want to welcome in all our new readers and ask for a bit of help.
We want to hear from all of you!
Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium seats 55,000 people.
How do you feel about the move up and into the ACC? Give us some early predictions on how the Cards will fare, along with your thoughts on having to play a much tougher schedule. More importantly, we need to rely on you to give our ACC readers a guide on what to see and do when in town for a game.
Heather has never been to a game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. I have only been to one, and I got to spend less than 24 hours in the area. I flew in Sunday morning before the Ohio opener last season, watched the game, went back to my hotel and flew out first thing the following morning to watch Florida State play Pitt. Not a bad deal, considering I watched Teddy Bridgewater and Jameis Winston in back-to-back games. Still, it meant no local dining establishments or watering holes for me. (Boo, me!)
Even though I was only there for a short period of time, I did get to the stadium in time to experience the Card March. Unfortunately, I walked up late so I was about 10 deep in line. Impressive crowd watching the team walk in, to say the least. The fans around me explained how the Card March crowds had steadily grown over the last few years. That makes sense, considering all the success Louisville has had.
I also had a chance to watch some of the game from the stands, though I was in the section reserved for players families and did not get to the student section. Still, it was a great atmosphere even after the game turned into a blowout. I am sure the atmosphere will be even better now with an upgraded home schedule that includes opening with Miami on a Monday night and hosting Florida State on a Thursday night in October.
Louisville fans surely have more insight. Send me your thoughts in my mailbag, or drop a line for Heather in her mailbag. We will share your contributions next week.