Trager Center construction proceeds at warp speed

Construction of the Trager Center, the University of Louisville's new $8 million indoor practice facility being built just north of the football complex, is proceeding at warp speed. Less than one week after the foundation and first construction beams were erected, the entire outer steel shell of the building now is in place.

Construction of the Trager Center, the University of Louisville's new $8 million indoor practice facility being built just north of the football complex, is proceeding at warp speed.

Less than one week after the foundation was laid and first construction beams were erected, the entire outer steel shell of the building now is in place.

"This is a special day for us," U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich said during a Thursday morning preview of the facility. "This is the fastest I've seen anything go up around here since I've been here."

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and U of L President Dr. James Ramsey also marveled at the rapid progress that's being made.

"It's amazing how fast it's happening," Petrino said. "We're really excited about it."

"There are six more beams than there were yesterday," added Ramsey. "Things are right on track."


Construction of the Trager Center is right on
schedule for December 1 completion.

The facility, which will feature a 120-yard FieldTurf field, 100-meter four-lane sprint track, pole vault and long jump pits, and batting cages for both baseball and softball, and will also be equipped for U of L's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams to use, is expected to be completed by December 1, perhaps sooner – just in time for the Cardinals use to prepare for their annual bowl trip.

"It's on schedule," said one of Abel Construction's representatives, the firm contracted to built the 400-foot long, 220-foot wide facility. "We're going to do everything we can do to make that date. We've never missed a deadline before."

Petrino said the Trager Center will be a tremendous boost for his nationally-ranked program.

"It's really going to be special for us," Petrino explained. "To be able to use this facility during bowl preparation will really help us, especially our young players."

Ramsey said the facility not only would give the U of L football program a leg up within the Big East, but also on the national level.

This will allow us to compete at the highest level," Ramsey said.

Bernard Trager, whose family provided the lead financial gift for the multi-purpose, indoor facility, was also honored by U of L during the morning ceremony for his family's generosity towards the university.

"Your gift will be appreciated forever," Jurich told Trager.

Trager, accompanied by his wife Jean and several family members, said he was honored and humbled to have the facility named after his family.

"We're honored to have our name apart of the Trager Center," said Trager.


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