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University of Louisville Athletics
- The University of Louisville sponsors 23 varsity sports with more than 750 student-athletes in 10 men’s and 13 women’s sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball.
- UofL is a member of the American Athletic Conference, one of the premier and most competitive leagues in the nation. Prior to that, the Cardinals were members of the BIG EAST from 2005 to 2013. The Cardinals won 41 BIG EAST league championships -- second only to Notre Dame -- entering the 2011-12 season.
- U of L finished No. 34 in the nation in the 2010-11 Learfield Director’s Cup -- which measures a university’s finish in 20 sports -- and has produced an average finish of 34.6 in the Director’s Cup standings over the last five years. The Cardinals are currently 11th nationally in the Director’s Cup standings through the Fall 2011 sports.
- 2012-13 was the Year of the Cardinal. UofL was the only team in the country to play in a BCS bowl game (Sugar Bowl win over Florida), the College World Series and the Men's and Women's NCAA Final Four.
- Louisville is widely recognized for its tradition-rich Men’s Basketball program that has made 38 NCAA Tournament appearances – fifth most in the nation — and has reached the Final Four on eight occasions. The Cardinals are the reigning national champion in men's basketball.
- The Cardinals receive terrific support from the community. Three U of L programs ranked among the top six in the nation in attendance during the 2010-11 season including women’s basketball (second nationally averaging 10,859), men’s basketball (3rd / 21,832) and men’s soccer (6th / 2,768).
- Louisville has built new or expanded facilities for each of its sports programs over the last 14 years. Its football venue, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, was expanded to accommodate 55,000 fans in 2010 with truly state-of-the art features, including a total of 63 luxury suites, two separate expansive clubs, and all chairback seats throughout the stadium. Cardinal fans purchased 42,500 season tickets this year and averaged 50,648 fans last year.
- The KFC Yum! Center, home to the Cardinals' men’s and women’s basketball teams, is a spectacular, 22,000-seat facility in the heart of downtown Louisville. Perched on the banks of the Ohio River, the arena which opened in 2010 features 71 suites, 62 loge boxes, eight spacious lounges and a host of other amenities that rival any professional sports facilities. In its first year, the center ranked among the top 10 in the nation and top 25 in the world in entertainment.
- Among additional recently completed facilities are the Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park, which opened in the fall of 2000 and serves as the front lawn for the University. It is home to Ulmer Stadium (softball), Trager Stadium (field hockey), a soccer field surrounded by a state-of-the-art track, a fitness trail and a playground.
- Three new facilities opened in 2005: Jim Patterson Stadium (baseball), Ralph Wright Natatorium and the Trager Center Indoor Fieldhouse. The Yum! Center, a practice facility for volleyball, lacrosse and men’s basketball, opened in 2007. The Marshall Center became the new training facility for 17 Olympic sports programs in 2008. The G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center opened in 2011.
- In addition to the great successes the Cardinals have experienced on the playing field, Louisville had a record 445 student-athletes and student managers named to the U of L Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the 2011 fall semester, signifying a 3.0 or better grade point average. U of L has a fiscally sound athletics budget of $68 million for 2011-12.
- UofL boasts many prominent alumni who currently perform in major professional sports, including NFL players Elvis Dumervil (Denver), William Gay (Pittsburgh) and Deion Branch (New England); NBA players Francisco Garcia (Sacramento), Terrence Williams (Houston), Earl Clark (Orlando) and Samardo Samuels (Cleveland); and WNBA superstar Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta).