Louisville announced on Wednesday that the stadium renovation has been moved up a year; will open in 2018 season

The University of Louisville announced on Wednesday that the expansion on Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will begin at the end of the season. The stadium renovation will be ready for the start of the 2018 season.

University of Louisville senior associate athletic director Mark Jurich and his staff have been working hard on the Papa John's Stadium renovation project since February.

And on Wednesday, Jurich had good news to deliver.

With such high demand from the U of L fans, the school has moved up the start of the project and will break ground at the end of this season. Papa John's Cardinal Stadium will open with the expansion at the start of the 2018 season.

"This is project that we started in February, and we have had tremendous response," Jurich said. "We are going to open the renovation for the 2018 season and not 2019 as we had originally announced."

The "Coming Full Circle" campaign has been a huge success. Jurich said all field-level suites and premium boxes in the new end zone structure have been sold out. Over half of the club seats have also been sold out.

U of L announced plans to expand the stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and in February started the campaign.

"This is exciting," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "Getting it started early. . . . this shows the dedication and support to our program."

Jurich also said the plans for the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex have also changed. The new plans have the complex at 100,000 square feet, which is 30,000 more than the original plan.

Jurich said the $55 million price tag is probably a little low.

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