Doubleheader grand opening

University of Louisville soccer will host a doubleheader in the Lynn Stadium grand opening on Friday night. The women welcome Ole Miss at 5:30p.m., with the 9th-ranked men hosting No. 2 Maryland at 8:00p.m.

The University of Louisville held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, the new home for Cardinals soccer, on Wednesday afternoon.

The $18.5 million project includes seating for more than 5,300 and 15,500 square foot training facility.

"We're excited," said U of L men's soccer head coach Ken Lolla. "This is a historic date. Not only for what it means for our program, but also what means for soccer, and specifically college soccer."

Of the many features that the newest University of Louisville athletics facility has are firsts for a college soccer stadium.

Inspired by visits to MLS stadiums, Lynn Stadium is the only college facility to have a roof, a video scoreboard, electronic ribbons, as well 2,300 chair back seats.

"We've never played in a stadium that has a 33 square foot Jumbotron and dasher boards," said women's head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. "That's a pro venue. Something like that, for our kids, it's going to be super exciting."

"We're setting the precedent on so many levels," added Lolla.

U of L soccer will host a doubleheader on Friday night for the grand opener. The women will host SEC foe Mississippi at 5:30p.m., with the 9th-ranked men taking the pitch against Big Ten opponent and No. 2 ranked Maryland in the night cap.

The women (1-1) will be facing Ole Miss (1-0-1) for the first time in program history. The Cardinals, who are coming off a conference runner-up finish and an NCAA tournament birth, face a Rebels squad that won a school record 16 games and advanced to their 5th NCAA Tournament in 2013.

The men's match, which will be broadcast on ESPN3, marks the first of 11 home contests in 2014. It's the the fifth meeting all-time between the Cardinals and Terrapins and the first since Louisville's NCAA road loss in 2012.

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