10 things you don't know about Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
08/28/2015 06:30 AM
The college football season is just days away and soon thousands of fans will file into Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to cheer on the Cards. In anticipation of the upcoming season, here are some interesting facts about PJCS that you may not know.
1) Every seat in the Stadium is an individual chair, which makes Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium the only college football stadium without benches or bleacher-type seating.
2) With a capacity of 55,000, PJCS is the 52nd largest NCAA football stadium.
3) The attendance record is 55,428 which was set on September 1, 2014 during the season opener against Miami.
4) The horn that sounds after every touchdown was saved from the South Louisville Rail Yard, which occupied the space before Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was built.
5) Several train cars comprise the “Cardinal Express” which sits on a railroad track behind the stadium. Fans often tailgate there before games and even use the rooftops of the cars to watch baseball games from behind the right field wall of Jim Patterson Stadium.
6) The University of Louisville has a partnership with Frazier Rehabilitation center and the Jewish Hospital that provides three fully staffed first aid centers in the stadium. There is also a full trauma center on-site along with paramedics and three ambulances.
7) Louisville lost its first home game played at PJCS to the University of Kentucky on September 5th, 1998 but went on to win all of their other home games that season.
8) The stadium hosted the United States Women’s National Soccer Team in 1999, as one of three facilities to house the U.S. Cup.
9) A statue of former Louisville quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas sits in the stadium’s north end zone. Players rub the statue for luck before running onto the field for each game.
10) UofL is 70-25 at home since the stadium opened in 1998. The team held a 20 game winning streak at home which was broken in 2007. The streak still stands as a school record.