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Stadium Parking

The easiest way to approach the congested area around Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is from the west on Central Avenue, approaching from the Churchill Downs area, then turning either north or south on Floyd Street toward your assigned lot. The quickest way to leave the stadium is to turn west on Central Avenue and proceed to I-264 (Watterson Expressway) to avoid the congestion on Crittenden Drive. Officers will direct all cars in the west southbound lane to turn west on Central Avenue after the game. Floyd Street will be two way at all times to allow access and egress to businesses, residents and emergency vehicles.

Prepaid Parking for Season Ticket Holders

Season ticket holders who purchased prepaid parking in the Red, Yellow and Green Lots should refer to the map provided with your pass. All lots open five hours before kickoff (10 a.m. for Saturday games with a 3 p.m. kickoff).

Parking lots have been restriped for patron convenience and safety. Please adhere to using one parking place per pass. Tents or other structures should not take up additional parking places. One new policy this year is that RV's will only be allowed in the Green Lots with a Green RV lot pass. Throwing objects such as footballs or other items in the stadium lot is dangerous and prohibited. All port-a-lets and trash dumpsters are located near light poles for easy location.

Red Lot customers should access parking off Floyd St. via the Central Avenue off Crittenden Drive. Fans holding Green Lot parking passes are advised to use the Crittenden Drive exits off I-264 to access Floyd Street while Yellow Lot patrons are recommended to reach their parking facilities via the Arthur Street exit off I-65. There are fewer yellow lots in 2003 with new construction projects on campus.

Additional Parking Information

All lots adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium are prepaid reserved parking for U of L season ticket holders.

On most game days, one of the best options is to park at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. However, for the Cardinals' home opener against UTEP on Sept. 20, there will be limited parking at the KFEC due to another simultaneous event there. To avoid traffic to the prepaid lots, those parking at the KFEC should access Gate 1 of the fairgrounds off the Watterson Expressway (I-264). Follow Ring Road to the right and park in the lots north of old Cardinal Stadium, then walk across Crittenden Drive at the traffice light and down Central Avenue to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Please avoid jaywalking across Crittenden Drive to walk down Boxley Street. Parking at the KFEC is $4.

There is also substantial surface parking west of the stadium across the railroad tracks. Additional paid surface parking is available at the old American Air Filter property west of the railroad tracks.

All handicapped parking at the stadium is presold. Drive up handicapped parking is available on the first floor of U of L's Floyd Street parking garage, with a shuttle available to the stadium. Individuals may drop off and pick up handicapped patrons in the bus lane of the stadium, however, it is not recommended.

Public transportation drops off in the bus lane adjacent to Floyd Street. Post event traffic must follow the directions of security personnel to assure two exit lanes.


U of L will begin a new tradition at home games this season with the CardMarch, a creation of head coach Bobby Petrino. The team will be dropped off on the south side of the Denny Crum Overpass on Central Avenue two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff (12:45 p.m. for a 3 p.m. kickoff). With the assistance of the U of L marching band and cheerleaders, the team will walk from the Green Lot and into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Fans are invited to arrive early and create an entrance way for the players as they head into the stadium.