Construction Begins On Indoor Practice Facility

Tuesday afternoon, Athletic Director Tom Jurich, head coach Bobby Petrino and Bernard and Jean Trager, visited with the media to announce the start of construction on the Trager Center Indoor Practice Facility.

Construction has begun on the University of Louisville's Trager Center Indoor Practice Facility just north of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The Trager Center, an $8 million project, is the result of a $2 million lead gift of the Trager Family of Republic Bank and many other supporting gifts. The facility is expected to be completed by December 2005.

"My wife, Jean and I are blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, and we are fans of athletics and higher education," said Bernard Trager. "We are certain this practice facility will continue to build on the success of the athletic program. We are grateful for our community's support of Republic Bank & Trust Company and this is one of the ways we can make sure what we make here, stays here."

The indoor practice facility will feature 120-yard FieldTurf field, 100-meter four-lane sprint track, pole vault and long jump pits, as well as, batting cages for both baseball and softball. It's also equipped for the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams to use.

"This facility addresses a critical need for our program," said Athletic Director Tom Jurich. "Our student-athletes and coaches will now have the benefit of maximizing our practice time even during inclement weather. We are so grateful to the Trager Family and all of our generous donors who have given to this project to make it a reality."


Construction has started!
The 90,068 square foot facility will have 85,440 square feet of playing surface with 5,168 square feet of building support, consisting of restroom facilities, offices and a lobby. The facility will have a clear width of 202 feet, a clear length of 402 feet and will stand 65 feet tall. It will be heated by natural gas-fired units, and ventilation will be a push/pull system via dampers and ventilating fans.

"We're so appreciative for the generosity of the Trager Family and everyone who contributed to what will be a great facility for the entire university," said head football coach Bobby Petrino. "It will be a great benefit for our program to have a place to practice when inclement weather hits the Louisville area and not interrupt our preparations. From a recruiting standpoint, it's invaluable for any recruit we bring on campus to show recruits the commitment to this program."


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