As such, the entire focus now for the Task Force will be on the planning for a new basketball arena for the University of Louisville.
"We need one," U of L President James Ramsey said of a new arena.
"I think all discussion should be on a new arena," U of L AD Tom Jurich said.
Much of the discussion in the media since Monday's Big East Task Force Executive Committee meeting has focused on the divide between Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and city leaders, and U of L. Friday, Ramsey made it a point to list the numerous ways U of L supports downtown, including employing more than 6,000 people, and owning more than two dozen properties.
But if the city harbors hopes of convincing U of L to come downtown, instead of moving forward at the KFEC, Abramson and his crew will at least have to match what the KFEC, and seemingly the state of Kentucky would agree to if U of L agreed to play in a new arena at the Fairgrounds.
Here are just a few of the highlights the state would likely give U of L if they agreed to play in a new arena at the KFEC:
The guidelines also call for an additional practice court, offices for U of L coaches, and visiting locker rooms that meet requirements to host post-season events.
When questioned whether these guidelines were realistic for the state to provide U of L if a new arena were constructed at the Fairgrounds, KFEC operator Harold Workman said, "I don't have any major concerns that (the guidelines) can't be met. These are not unreasonable."
Jurich still left the door open for a downtown location, providing the location was agreeable to U of L. Jurich again reiterated that the Cardinals would be willing, and interested in any where the arena would be built along the riverfront adjacent to Slugger Field on the property currently owned by the Blue brother.
"To say we've drawn a line in the sand is ludicrous," Jurich said. "But we want a say-so on the site because we're the one's that will play in the new arena. We'd love to go to the waterfront with the arena managed by our KFEC partners. We're going to go arm and arm with the (KFEC) wherever we go."
"I care about (U of L's) needs and our fans," added Jurich. "We're all in favor of looking at the Blue's property. There are so many ways to get in an out (of an arena built on the waterfront) with two interstates, Main and Market Streets. The site downtown that the Mayor is talking about will make Ring Road look like the Sahara."
The Task Force also approved the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"We're looking at expanding up to 60,000 seats and 30 additional suites on the east side," Jurich said. "We've been working on this for months."