The annual Red-White Spring Game held at the conclusion of Louisville's spring practice period is much more than two hours of the team displaying their talents as they are put through a simulated game for thousands of Cardinal fans at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The team also focuses on preparing as if its a true game day and the coaching staff will game plan with the same mentality. There is also the pageantry surrounding the annual game, complete with a festival with rides and multiple other U of L sports in action on campus throughout the day.
Still there is more, much more.
The annual spring game also serves as one of the biggest on-campus recruiting efforts made during the year and the staff's efforts in attracting recruits to make a visit for Saturday's events is proving to be a success. Dozens of recruits, both in-state and from states throughout the region, and representing multiple classes, are expected to on campus this weekend.
Among the impressive group are a handful that have already garnered scholarship offers from Bobby Petrino's staff, including Malik Cunningham, a three-star athlete from Montgomery, Ala., safety Keontae Jones of Cincinnati (Oh.) Colerain and Birmingham (Ala.) Carver linebacker Tadarrius Patterson.
The sizeable group will not only have the opportunity to visit with members of the coaching staff and players, but they will also mingle with a group of incoming Cardinals that inked with the program in February. Among that group is receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick, quarterback Jawon Pass, linebacker Tabarius Peterson, along with local signees, receiver Keion Wakefield and defensive lineman Derek Dorsey.
Louisville's spring game festivities will begin 10 a.m. when the StreetFest and Carnival begins outside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. Check out the entire day schedule below:
Wendy's Wonderful Kids Spring Game and Fan Fest
Saturday, April 16
(All home events include Free Admission)
8 a.m. Stadium Parking Lots Open Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
10 a.m. StreetFest and Carnival Opens Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Noon Track and Field UofL Invitational Cardinal Park
Noon Lacrosse vs. Virginia UofL Lacrosse Stadium
1:00 p.m. Football Spring Game Kickoff Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
3:00 p.m. Softball vs. NC Central (DH) Ulmer Stadium
4:00 p.m. Baseball vs. Clemson Jim Patterson Stadium