Cards to break ground on baseball stadium Oct. 7

The University of Louisville will stage a groundbreaking ceremony for Jim Patterson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m.

The University of Louisville will stage a groundbreaking ceremony for Jim Patterson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The event will be at the stadium site, located off Central Avenue across the railroad tracks from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Named for the man who provided the lead gift for the $10 million facility, site preparation for the stadium which will serve as home to the Cardinal baseball team began in August. U of L will open its 2005 baseball season in the facility, which will seat 2,500, including 1,500 chairback seats.

Locker rooms will be included in an existing neighboring building -- once a home for American Air Filter -- which will be refurbished to also include the baseball staff offices and indoor batting cages, as well as a facility operated by Jewish Hospital. The center field wall will be 402 feet from home plate and will measure 330 feet down both on the left and right field lines.

Just as in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the field surface will be Field Turf with the exception of the pitching mound and home plate area. FieldTurf is a synthetic surface that replicates the look, feel, texture and playability of natural grass. FieldTurf has a patented mixture of sand and rubber infill that almost exactly replicates the soil in which the best natural grass fields are grown.

BASKETBALL TIP-OFF LUNCHEON SET FOR OCTOBER 19

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will be the featured speaker at the annual U of L Basketball Tipoff Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon in the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets for the event, presented by Anthem and UPS, are $30 each and may be purchased by calling the U of L special events office at (502) 852-1974.


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