Cardinal Caravan stops in Lexington

The Cardinal Caravan rolled into Big Blue Country on Wednesday night, stopping in Lexington at the Grand Reserve. More than 200 University of Louisville fans took part in the stop and Cardinal Authority was there for the reaction.

Less than three months ago, it was called Russ Arena.

On Wednesday night, Rupp Arena was just over the hillside from where the University of Louisville's Cardinal Caravan made a stop in Big Blue Country.

A few U of L coaches, athletes and staff members hosted more than 200 fans from Central Kentucky at the Grand Reserve on Manchester Street, which is less than a half mile from the home court of the Kentucky Wildcats.

"This is special," volleyball coach Anne Kordes said. "I'm shocked at the number of people here. Normally, when you think Lexington and Louisville then you think UK and U of L. But we have a lot of fans here.

"It's pretty special for us to get to come see them."

U of L running backs and special teams coach Kenny Carter made the trip to Bowling Green during the afternoon and Lexington in the evening. Carter said the amount of attention the Cardinals are getting is "pretty cool."

"This just lets the fans here know that we are excited about them," Carter said. "We want them to know that we do appreciate them."

One of the student-athletes on the stop was former Kentucky Miss Basketball Sara Hammond, a junior from Rockcastle County High School. She was born and raised in the Big Blue Country and said she was "so happy" to see the fans.

"I didn't think it would be this many," Hammond said. "Most of the time, Louisville fans down here have to stay in the closet. But we do have a lot of fans in this area and it's nice for them to get to come out and see us."

The final Cardinal Caravan is set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Shelbyville at the Shelbyville Pavilion at 1513 Midland Trail.

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