LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: A Tragedy, a Plea, a Pizza, 2 Great Podcasts and the Game Friday, Sep 30 2016 

A lot of you knew James Bickers better than I did. We did some work together years ago, and I occasionally saw him at events like the Waterfront Wednesday shows, but I really felt like I knew him because of the great stories he told on WFPK during his years as a morning host. His death, at age 45, registered as a shock for his colleagues at Louisville Public Media and his listeners, which number into the thousands. Reading tributes online, it’s obvious that we’ve all lost a man with a great mind and a great voice, and he will be missed. Here’s a link to LPM’s tribute. 

It was a tough week for Larry O’Bryan, my WKU Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brother and longtime political consultant. According to WFPL,  O’Bryan “admitted to helping funnel the kickbacks between MC Squared and Longmeyer. O’Bryan will have to pay $642,201 back to the state, the same amount of payments he received from the consulting company. He will be sentenced in January.” It involves a scheme hatched with Tim Longmeyer, the former Personnel Secretary in the Beshear administration, who on Thursday was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be cheering on the Cards Saturday

Guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be cheering on the Cards Saturday


Rusty guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be rooting on the Cards Saturday

On a brighter note, there are a couple of great new podcasts out, which you can listen to here while you’re getting ready to watch the big game from Clemson Saturday night.

On the Rusty Satellite Show, I got to talk with the actress playing Lady MacBeth in the upcoming Actors Theatre play. Jessica Frances Dukes is thrilled to be in Louisville, and finds the timing appropriate for her role in a production about what some people will do for power in the name of political ambition. Like murder.

I also visited the Germantown Mill Lofts, where retired JPCS principal Mike Suttles lives. He’s the driving force behind the Garvin Gate Blues Festival (Oct. 7-8 in Old Louisville) and is instrumental in creating a new program called Blues in the Schools.

Here all this great stuff, plus the high-energy promoter Lauren Hendricks, my guest co-host, on this link:


The beer taps at Red Hog

The 21st EatDrinkTalk podcast is a good one. Steve Coomes is back with some great stories from his vacation, and he talks with one of the founders of Red Hog on Frankfort Avenue, which opened to rave reviews last week. I got to eat a chicken BBQ pizza prepared by Anoosh Shariat at Noosh Nosh, and talked with him about the challenge of running two restaurants.

Plus, we’ve got EatDrinkTalk news about the closing of Rouz, the C-J’s hiring a food critic, and changes at the Silver Dollar. Plus, there’s our favorite eats and drinks from the week. Just hit the PLAY button below:

Here’s a short list of things Louisville has to offer this weekend: the Idea Festival is wrapping up at the Kentucky Center; the St. James Court Art Show in Old Louisville; Paul Thorn is playing an acoustic show Friday (I’ll be in the front row!) and a full show Saturday at the KCD Theatre; the Louder Than Life Festival is making noise downtown on the Riverfront; the FAT Friday Trolley Hop rolls on tonight on Frankfort Avenue, a CRAFT Beer and Pizza event at the Yum! Center; and, wherever you are Saturday night, you’ll stop to see the Cards on national TV at Clemson. Enjoy!

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City releases communications case study from Ali funeral week in LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Sep 27 2016 

Lonnie Ali holding celebration today to thank city and civic leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2016) – The June 3, 2016 death of Muhammad Ali, who was perhaps the most well-known and beloved citizen on Earth, was a significant moment globally. But it was especially poignant for his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where The Greatest of All Time would be mourned over a period of seven days in front of a global print, television and social media audience numbering in the billions.

From an initial call in the afternoon of June 3 from the Ali family, alerting Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office that Ali was gravely ill and could die within hours, to his burial one week later, the Mayor’s Communications team was involved in nearly every aspect of the celebration of Ali’s life and his burial.

Working with the Ali family and Boxcar PR, which was representing the family, city leaders had, over the course of nearly a decade, prepared for the death, funeral procession and associated events from the aspects of public safety and dignitary security, in a secret plan called “The Book.”

Muhammad Ali

During the week between Ali’s death and funeral, the city collaborated with Boxcar, with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Convention on logistics, including a nearly 20-mile funeral procession and ceremony that drew hundreds of dignitaries and celebrities from around the world.

This communications case study, prepared by the Mayor’s Communications team, outlines how the week unfolded from a city perspective — what went right, what could have been improved. The goal is to enhance our own planning for future large events and to share lessons for other communicators when a global spotlight is focused on their city.

Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, is hosting a thank you celebration 6 p.m. today at the Ali Center to thank city and civic leaders who helped plan and oversee the Ali memorial week and funeral.

Read the full case study at: https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/mayors_office/casestudy4.pdf.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK — New Ranking, New Restaurant and Plenty to Do Friday, Sep 23 2016 

Most of us really enjoyed the city’s first week in the Top 5 of college football, cranking up the volume on activities as the calendar signaled that autumn is here. I saw the Showtime series, “A Season With Florida State Football” and loved seeing how Jimbo Fisher and his bunch reacted to losing. It was interesting to see the Seminoles go through a practice at Waterfront Park in the pre game and enter into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where they were as surprise as fans were that the Cards put a 63-20 pounding on them.

2016-09-17-11-28-24 I don’t see these guys having any trouble with Marshall, though there are a lot of Card fans who are wary of the state of West Virginia, remembering some rude hillbillies encountered in battles with the Mountaineers a few years back.

Two Saturdays from now, though, the national media will once again be all over the Lamar Jackson story again when Bobby Petrino’s club travels to Clemson for a matchup of Top 5 teams. Friends who went to the game in South Carolina two years ago still rave about the hospitality of the Clemson-ites — and it promises to be a difficult ticket to get. A quick check of StubHub reveals that even the bad seats are going for $200 each.

But we’re not here just to talk football – let’s take a look at the Rusty Satellite Show and the EatDrinkTalk podcasts this week.

2016-09-21-13-15-51On Rusty, I welcomed in my first guest c0-host, the energetic Caroline Knop, to talk about just a few of the things happening this weekend – from the NuLu Fest to the Louisville Brewfest. I sat down with Forest Giant’s Dave Durand to hear all about the ReSurfaced project in NuLu, the one that’s bringing a mini soccer field, fancy shipping containers and a lot of beer and food to benefit some great local organizations.

Then I met with Rick Tabb at Bowman Field, where the Eagle’s Nest there offers a great view you can’t match. Tabb runs the Bowman Field Friends group that is presenting an Aviation Festival Oct. 8-9 — and promised me a ride in a famous Red Baron bi-plane. Here’s the show:


Rick Tabb at Bowman Field

My partner and co-host Steve Coomes snuck away to a beach vacation, so his pal Dean Corbett was glad to pitch in and co-host the EatDrinkTalk podcast with me. Dean knows about every chef in town, and provided some scoop you won’t hear anywhere else. My guest was master distiller Steve Nally from the Bardstown Bourbon Co., a unique $25 million facility just opening down there. You can read my feature on it here.

Steve talked with a local treasure, bartender Joy Perrine of Jack’s/Equus, about being inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Here’s the show:

Souther Egg Roll at SuperChefs

Souther Egg Roll at SuperChefs

In other restaurant news, I attended the soft opening for the new Highlands SuperChefs, which is now open for dinner. It opened for breakfast and lunch in July after its St. Matthews location burned down last year. Trust me, it’s worth a trip to the chef-driven spot where Wild Strati used to be. Read about it here.

And those Pigs Feet at the top of this post: Those are the new taps at Red Hog on Frankfort Ave.  It just opened yesterday. I’ll have a story on it soon at EatDrinkTalk.


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LouisvilleKY’s Hottest Musicians & Fine Bourbon Promise Best Party in Town on Saturday Tuesday, Sep 20 2016 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016) – Churchill Downs is pulling out all the stops to make this Saturday’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois & Woodford Reserve one of Louisville’s most exciting and memorable parties of the season. The evening’s theme, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will celebrate the best of Kentucky, including local musicians, Kentucky bourbon, Southern style and the world’s greatest racehorses. Tickets start at $10 and are available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark. Gates open at 5 p.m. with first post at 6 p.m.

Celebrated local musical artists Ben Sollee and Linkin’ Bridge will perform for fans on the Plaza Stage throughout the evening. Sollee, a Kentucky born cellist and composer whose songs have been featured in TV, film, ballet and theatre, will perform from 7:15-9 p.m. Linkin’ Bridge, the singing group from Louisville’s west end best known for their warm harmonies and emotional performances will perform between 9:30-10:45 p.m.


In addition to great music and Thoroughbred racing, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will live up to its name with the following highlights in the Plaza:
Sip one of the evening’s delicious specialty bourbon cocktails at the Bourbon Bar, including the Prospector’s Julep, Old Fashioned and the Turf Club Swizzle
Enjoy specialty dishes prepared with Woodford Reserve by local food trucks. These include brisket sliders with bourbon-bacon jam and bourbon-and-chipotle glazed pork belly sliders by 502 Café, chocolate-bourbon chicken and waffles by Pollo, bourbon glazed ribs and chicken wings by Boss Hog’s BBQ, and bourbon soaked bratwurst by Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs
Purchase a stylish new bow tie or get help tying an old one at the Churchill Downs Store and Bow Tie Station
Learn betting basics or hone more advanced skills at the Wagering 101 Tent and experience the thrill of wagering and hopefully winning on your favorite horse

Eleven races will include two stakes races, the Dogwood presented by GE Appliances for 3-year-old fillies and the President of UAE Cup sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (G1) for Arabian 4-year-olds and up.

The evening will also include two separate ticketed events including Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge and Party for a Purpose Presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation.

Guests at the Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge will enjoy a specially decorated trackside lounge area in the Courtyard, acoustic live music, regionally inspired small-plate fare, draft beer, wine and Woodford Reserve cocktails from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $150 and available atwww.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

Party for a Purpose presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation will be held in the Grandstand area of the racetrack and feature music by local DJ Matt Anthony and internationally acclaimed Red Bull Thre3style World Campion DJ Hedspin, craft cocktails and a dance floor that overlooks the track and live racing. Five dollars of every General Admission ticket and $10 of every VIP ticket sold will be donated to The Forecastle Foundation. General Admission tickets are $15. VIP Cabana tickets are $59 and include access to the VIP Cabanas, open seating and a private VIP bar with a mixologist and craft cocktails. Tickets are available at https://www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2016 September and Fall Meets are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and Oct. 30-Nov. 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. www.churchilldowns.com.

About Original Makers Club
Founded in 2011, Original Makers Club is a curated lifestyle publication that explores ways for readers to discover the best local independent businesses and business owners in their community. Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring the publication, members and the city to life. Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and much more.www.theoriginalmakersclub.com.

About The Forecastle Foundation
The Forecastle Foundation is the activism arm of the Forecastle Festival. Founded in 2010 as a 501c3 organization, The Forecastle Foundation is working to protect the world’s “natural awesome” by partnering with organizations that are taking great strides to protect biodiversity hotspots across the globe. Our current partners include Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Guayaki Foundation.


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ESPN College GameDay Making a First-Time Stop at LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Sep 13 2016 

ESPN College GameDay will broadcast on the lawn in front of the Schnellenberger Football Complex this weekend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – is making its first stop in The Derby City on Saturday in advance of a top-10 showdown between ACC powerhouses Louisville and Florida State.

The first two hours of the six-time Emmy Award-winning show will broadcast on the lawn in front of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, just outside the northeast corner of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and the final hour will be aired inside the stadium.

The weekly show, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon on ESPN, is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.

Chris Fowler, Herbstreit, and Ponder will stay on site to call the game between 10th-ranked Louisville and second-ranked Florida State. Both programs enter the week 2-0, with the Cardinals improving to 1-0 in the ACC after a 62-28 victory at Syracuse on Sept. 9.


College Football Live will air from the GameDay set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.). SportsCenter’s Sara Walsh and Michael Eaves will also contribute from site throughout the weekend.

Early Saturday live reports on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN’s College Football Live program on Friday from 1:30-2 p.m. are also planned to be staged at the GameDay area. Details on fan participation for GameDay and other events will be released as information becomes available.

Lee Corso, a graduate of Florida State, is returning to Louisville, where he coached from 1969-72. He held a 28-11-3 mark in his four years, including a 9-1 record in his final year.

College GameDay Information
· ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show and is a six-time Emmy Award winner
· Live from Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 17, in advance of No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville (ABC, noon)
· The set will be located in Northeast corner of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the first two hours and will move inside for the final hour
· College GameDay airs from 9 a.m.-noon ET on ESPN
· Hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski
· Chris Fowler, Herbstreit and Ponder will stay on site to call the Louisville-Florida State game.
· College Football Live will air from the GameDay set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.).
· SportsCenter’s Sara Walsh and Michael Eaves will also contribute from site throughout the weekend.

Fan Information
· Fans arrive early to begin lining up for access to the pit around 4 a.m. ET
· Fans entering the pit will be checked by a security wand
· No bags, backpacks or purses permitted in the pit
· No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage)
· No signs on a stick
· No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
· No food or drinks
· Throwing of objects is prohibited

Many additional details will be released later as information becomes available.

Corso Facts:
Corso began making his entertaining end-of-show headgear pick of the team he thinks will win the game at the GameDay site, marking 20 years this season. Week 3 will be headgear number 279 for Corso, as he is 184-94 all-time in headgear picks. The phenomenon began on October 5, 1996, prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game in Columbus, Ohio when he put on OSU’s “Brutus Buckeye” mascot head to show his pick to win the game.

· Corso has picked the favorite 16-straight years during Week 3. He has won 14 of those headgear picks, losing last year in Tuscaloosa and in 2012 in Nashville.
· Corso has never picked Louisville – and if he goes with the Cardinals– it will be the 55th different mascot head he has donned. He lost all three times last year when picking schools for the first time (Arizona, James Madison and Baylor).
· Corso has picked his alma mater 19 times. The Seminoles have won 13 of them, including each of the last seven. He has picked against the Noles six times – and has been right each of the last three times.

‘The Bear’ College GameDay Week 1 Fun Facts:
· Louisville, Ky., will be the 76th different city from which GameDay will originate. Louisville is also the 67th different school to host GameDay, and after Saturday, the show will have originated from 52 of the 65 Power 5 schools.
· Louisville is the seventh first-time school to host GameDay in the last three years. All four debut hosts in 2014 year won their game – Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Harvard and Baylor. Last year, both James Madison and Temple lost. First-time hosts are 40-26 all-time.
· This is the second trip to Kentucky, as GameDay originated from Lexington, on October 20, 2007, when Florida defeated the Wildcats 45-37.
· The last four times GameDay has been to an FBS site for Week 3, the home team has lost. Last year Alabama lost to Ole Miss, in 2013 Texas A&M lost to Alabama, in 2012 Tennessee lost to Florida and in 2011 Florida State lost to Oklahoma. In 2014, the show was in Fargo, N.D. for Week 3.
· This is the 14th time GameDay has been at a true road game which Florida State was involved in. The Seminoles are 8-5 in the previous 13.
· The last 12 times GameDay has been to a top-10 matchup on a host campus, the home team has gone 10-2. However each of the last two hosts – Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma and Ohio State vs. Michigan State – each lost.
· This is the 11th time a top-10 team has hosted the No. 2 ranked team at a GameDay site. No. 2 has lost each of the last three times – Auburn at Mississippi State in 2014, Texas Tech at Oklahoma in 2008 and Michigan at Ohio State in 2006.
· This is the 32nd time Florida State has been a part of a GameDay show. Only Alabama (36), Ohio State (34) and Florida (34) have been a part of more. FSU has a 17-14 record with GameDay present.

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Japan jumps in on possible road to Kentucky Derby Tuesday, Sep 13 2016 


Two Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse Will Give One Horse Opportunity to Compete in ‘America’s Greatest Race’
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 12, 2016) – Fresh off Japanese-based Lani’s run in this year’s Triple Crown that culminated with a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) has partnered with the Japan Racing Association (“JRA”) to create a series of races in Japan that could annually produce a starter in the Kentucky Derby.
The new “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby” – which is separate from the 35-race “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series – includes two one-mile dirt stakes races at the famed Tokyo Racecourse: the Cattleya Sho for 2-year-olds on Nov. 26 and the Hyacinth for 3-year-olds to be run in early 2017 (note: the JRA is scheduled to announce their stakes schedule in October). 
A position in the starting gate for the 143rd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6, 2017 will be awarded to the horse that accrues the most points in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby” and accepts an invitation to compete.
 Derby Horses
Points awarded to the Top 4 finishing positions in the Cattleya Sho will be 40-16-8-4, respectively, while the Hyacinth will carry a point value of 50-20-10-5. The points were structured to avoid an automatic qualifier for the winner of one particular race over the other.
“All of us at Churchill Downs are thrilled to partner with the Japan Racing Association to create this exciting new series to provide an entry in the Kentucky Derby for a horse from Japan,” CDI’s President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Mudd said. “Horse racing in Japan is a tremendously popular sport. The competition is world-class and features some of the most accomplished runners in the world. This series provides a path for the top 3-year-old in the country to participate in the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.’ We saw sizeable international interest through Lani’s participation in this year’s Triple Crown and we’re thrilled that, through this partnership, we can add to the worldwide popularity of the Kentucky Derby.”
“I am very pleased to be able to launch the ‘Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby’ in partnership with Churchill Downs Incorporated,” saidMr. Masayuki Goto, President and CEO of the Japan Racing Association. “This year, Lani earned a spot to start by winning the UAE Derby in Dubai, but beginning next year, Japanese horses aiming to run in the Kentucky Derby can run in designated races in the series at home in Japan to be awarded points to get this ticket to the starting gate. It is with great pride that ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ will reach Japanese racing fans and it is my earnest wish to sing it with a traditional Mint Julep in my hand, together with Japanese horsemen and all the many fans next year at Churchill Downs Racetrack.”
Lani, a gray Kentucky-bred Tapit colt owned by Koji Maeda, trained by Mikio Matsunaga and ridden by legendary Yutaka Taki, was only the second horse based in Japan to compete in the Kentucky Derby after winning the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecouse in Dubai. The first was Ski Captain, who finished 14th in 1995. Lani also was just the ninth Kentucky Derby starter that raced exclusively outside of North American prior to his “Run for the Roses.”
Lani scored a two-length victory in last year’s Cattleya Sho. Gold Dream (JPN) was victorious in this year’s Hyacinth, while Lani finished fifth.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Churchill Downs Racetrack will use a sliding scale of points awarded to the Top 4 finishers in choice races to determine preference for its 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds every year since 2004, and 16 of the last 18 years.
As was the case for the past three years, the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series will commence at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, Sept. 17 with Churchill Downs’ $150,000 Iroquois (GIII) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track will conduct two more live racing meets in 2016: the September Meet (Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and the Fall Meet (Oct. 30-Nov. 27). Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and the event will return to the track in 2018. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.


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It’s almost basketball season in LouisvilleKY and the Cards are facing a challenging schedule Tuesday, Sep 13 2016 

UofL’s Challenging 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Schedule Features 19 Home Events


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Appearances in three special early season events, the Cardinals’ third season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, at least 14 games on national television and 19 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the challenging 2016-17 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule.


At least 21 of the Cardinals’ 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including at least 14 from the 2016 NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament:  Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame twice, Pittsburgh twice, Purdue, Syracuse twice, Virginia twice; NIT:  Florida State, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State, Texas Southern, Virginia Tech; CollegeInsiders.com Tournament:  Grand Canyon; Vegas 16 Tournament:  Old Dominion).  Games against Battle 4 Atlantis participants could add to the list of tournament participants.  At least 23 of the Cardinals’ games will be played against teams that won 20 or more games last season.


“Our schedule as planned is one of the toughest any team could encounter,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino, whose team has played a schedule ranked among the top 16 toughest by the ratings percentage index (RPI) in seven of the last nine seasons. “The league travel is a bit unfair with a 9 p.m. home game on Thursday, followed by a 2 p.m. game at Florida State on Saturday. There’s also a road game on Saturdayafternoon at Boston College, then next up traveling to Virginia on Monday.  That’s not mentioning our league opening game at home against Virginia sandwiched between Kentucky and Indiana, all followed with a game at Notre Dame.  But that’s the ACC.  The Battle 4 Atlantis, Purdue and at Grand Canyon — pass the Pepto Bismol.  Our saving grace is the attitude and work ethic of this team. We may be unproven and a bit inexperienced, but this group is talented and tenacious.  It should be a fun season!”



Including a pair of exhibition games against intrastate teams, eight of the Cardinals’ first 12 games will be played at home in the KFC Yum! Center, UofL’s spectacular 22,000-seat home arena.  The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game on Nov. 3 in the KFC Yum! Center against Kentucky Wesleyan, followed by Bellarmine on Nov. 7.  Both were NCAA Division II Tournament participants last season.  UofL officially opens its season on Nov. 11 against Evansville, followed by a Nov. 14 home game against William and Mary.


The Cardinals will face Long Beach State at home on Nov. 17, the first of four games in the Battle 4 Atlantis.  Old Dominion will be the opposition on Nov. 23 in the first round of the event staged at the Atlantis resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas.  The Cardinals’ game will be the fourth of the day, tipping off at 9:30 p.m. in a game televised by AXS TV.  The other first-round matchups include Wichita State vs. LSU (noon, ESPN2), Baylor vs. VCU (2:30 p.m., ESPN2), and Michigan State vs. St. John’s (7 p.m., AXS TV).


Louisville’s second-round foe will be from the Wichita State-LSU matchup.  Teams advancing to the semifinals will play on Nov. 24 at noon and 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.  Those that are not successful on the first day will play at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in games televised by AXS TV.  The third-place game will be played on Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. and the championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m., both on either ESPN or ESPN2.  The remaining two games on Nov. 25 will be played at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on AXS TV.


The Battle 4 Atlantis field has combined for 30 Final Four appearances, and five of the eight have reached an NCAA national semifinal within the last decade, including Michigan State (2009, 10, 15), Louisville (2012, 13), Wichita State (2013), VCU (2011) and LSU (2006).  Seven of the eight participants won at least 19 games last season.


The Cardinals return home to face Purdue in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  Louisville will Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Ariz. in its first true road game of the year on Dec. 3.  The Cardinals will play their next four straight at home, beginning with Southern Illinois on Dec. 7, Texas Southern on Dec. 10, Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 17 and Kentucky on Dec. 21 (ESPN).


The Dec. 17 game against Eastern Kentucky is the 15th Annual Billy Minardi Classic, an event named in memory of Pitino’s brother-in-law who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.   Former UofL Director of Video Operations Dan McHale is the second-year head coach of EKU.


Louisville’s ACC schedule will include a challenging slate of 18 games, including two games each against Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia — all NCAA Tournament participants last season — as each league team will face 10 opponents once and four twice.  A Dec. 28 home matchup with Virginia leads off the Cardinals’ ACC schedule.


Louisville will close out 2016 and play its final non-conference game against Indiana at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis, Ind. on Dec. 31 in a CBS-televised game.


In Louisville’s third year in the 15-team league, the Cardinals’ remaining home ACC opponents will consist of Pittsburgh (Jan. 11), Duke (Jan. 14), Clemson (Jan. 19), NC State (Jan. 29), Miami (Feb. 11), Virginia Tech (Feb. 18), Syracuse (Feb. 26) and Notre Dame (March 4). UofL’s nine league road games will be at Notre Dame (Jan. 4), Georgia Tech (Jan. 7), Florida State (Jan. 21), Pittsburgh (Jan. 24), Boston College (Feb. 4), Virginia (Feb. 6), Syracuse (Feb. 13), North Carolina (Feb. 22) and Wake Forest (March 1).


The ACC Tournament will be staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 7-11.


Ten lettermen, including starters Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson, return for Louisville, which posted a 23-8 record during the 2015-16 season, finished fourth in the ACC and beat two Final Four participants in North Carolina and Syracuse. It was the 14th consecutive season UofL has won 20 or more games and the Cardinals were ranked 16th in the Final Associated Press national rankings.  UofL’s 146 victories over the last five years are the fifth-most in the nation in that stretch.  Louisville has received NCAA Public Recognition Awards each of the last four years for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in men’s basketball in the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes.


The complete schedule is available is attached.


Scrimmage Tickets on Sale Sept. 13


The Cardinals will compete in a pair of public Red-White intrasquad scrimmages in the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 21, the latter of which is presented by Mark’s Feed Store.  Both games will start at 7 p.m.


Mark’s Feed Store will sponsor a coat drive for the Oct. 21 scrimmage, with fans encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat to donate.  Collection areas will be available at the arena entrances.


Tickets, priced at $10 each, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Tickets will also be on sale at that location at each of the Cardinals’ two home football games prior to the scrimmages.


Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.


A limited number of tickets are available for UofL students to each scrimmage at no charge. Student tickets — no more than two for each scrimmage — must be obtained with a valid student ID in advance beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the UofL ticket office.

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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: A Blowout, Bourbon Days, and Bluegrass Lead Into Labor Day Weekend Friday, Sep 2 2016 

After a 56-point first half at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the biggest talking point for the football-crazed fans in the upper deck was whether the Cards could actually score 100 points. “Bobby, Don’t Let Up!” we yelled at Petrino.

Of course, no one expects any football team to score 4 TDs per quarter, but it sure was fun while it lasted.  Watching phenom QB Lamar Jackson carve up a Charlotte secondary that seemed to be leaving at least one Card received wide open on pass plays left us marveling at Jackson’s talents.

Petrino chose to, well, let up, at the start of the second half, sitting Jackson after a record-setting 8 first-half TDs, six through the air. So for the few paying attention, the Cardinal second and third-teamers played the 49ers to a draw, but still hitting the 70-point mark was big, the first time it’s happened since 2013.

No, it wasn’t a real test, and next Friday’s contest at Syracuse will be. And then, in 2 Saturday, Florida State will be here.

If you’re a local and even wonder what all the fuss is about Bourbon Tourism, you should spend a day touring distilleries, like I did last Saturday. It was a birthday present from Paula, and launched an eventful week. I also spent an afternoon having lunch with the great mandolin-playing, hourbon-and-iced-tea drinking, always joking Hickory Vaught at Captain’s Quarters.

And on Thursday, I got to see Oxmoor Farm, courtesy of Executive Director Carol Gunderson. It sits just behind Oxmoor Country Club, parallel to I-64 before the Hursbourne exit, and is a classic working farm, producing vegetable served at places like Harvest Restaurant and sold at the Bardstown Road Farmers Market. But the Food Literacy Project is also based there, and it’s likely your kids have visited on a field trip. Gunderson said it’s really cool to see the faces of inner-city kids, many of whom rarely see veggies outside the Kroger produce section, light up when they see and taste veggies in the field.

Their fund-raiser is Sept. 15, featuring a great meal at the Clifton Center prepared by an all-star lineup of 10 local chefs. Check it out at this web site.

A few podcasts came from all this activity, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes from your Labor Day weekend and listen in.

The Rusty Satellite Show with Hickory Vaught and Ian Derrer:

EatDrinkTalk podcast, hosted by Steve Coomes and I, featuring Carol Gunderson and Dawn Przystal:

Big Events for the Weekend:

Actors Theatre’s “The 39 Steps” opens tonight, and I’m excited about seeing first-time director Nathan Keepers’ (a recent Rusty guest) production of a Hitchcock comedy/thriller.

The Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience at the Water Tower is the 3rd in the series of holiday weekend festivals prodded by Bisig Entertainment Group. Hickory Vaught plays Saturday at 5.

Monday’s Hike, Bike and Paddle event with Mayor Fisher starts at Waterfront Park. I’ll be there, but Jackie Green won’t. The bike shop owner and transportation activist doesn’t think the event should disrupt the TARC schedule, and should be routed along River Road instead of to Shawnee Park and back. That said, it’s a great way to see the progress in Portland, for those who don’t normally see that part of town.

Here are some pics from this week:

Papa John's from the Flight Deck Oxmoor Farm Pumpkin growth at Oxmoor Oxmoor Farm Oxmoor Farm with Hickory Vaught at Captain's Quarters. Bill Brymer photo Maker's Mark


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Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture Comes to LouisvilleKY’s Speed Art Museum Thursday, Sep 1 2016 


The sneaker and how it has influenced culture, fashion and art

Photos from www.speedmuseum.org

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 31, 2016) – The Speed Art Museum is excited to jump ‘Out of the Box’ for the highly-anticipated launch of its first special exhibition since reopening, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.  Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, the national traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, is the first museum exhibition in the United States to look at the interesting and complex social history and design evolution of the sneaker – from its functional design in the mid-19th century to its stronghold in social and urban culture today.  Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will open at the Speed Art Museum September 10 and run through November 27, 2016.

speed sneakers

From its origins in the recreational pastimes of the elite, to the increasing importance of physical fitness, to its role in athletic performance and urban style, the sneaker has been a pivotal component of dress for more than 150 years.  Out of the Box includes over 150 sneakers, plus film footage, photographic images and design drawings that richly illustrate the social history, technical innovation, fashion trends and marketing campaigns that have shaped contemporary sneaker culture. Featuring iconic shoes from the 1830s to today, many of the designs in Out of the Box have rarely, if ever, been exhibited publicly.

“This is a major highlight for both the Speed, and the city of Louisville,” said Ghislain d’Humieres, CEO of the Speed Art Museum. “This exhibition truly does step outside of what people normally associate with an art museum, and we are thrilled to showcase this colorful, fun look at fashion, art and culture.  It is not just an exhibition; it is an event.”

speed sneakers

Among the highlights are an 1860s spiked running shoe, a 1923 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes, the original Nike Air Force 1, and early adidas Superstars. The exhibition also features contemporary sneaker collaborations with prominent figures such as Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott, Jeff Staple and Kanye West. Contributors include a range of private collectors, museums and archives, including adidas, AG, Converse Archives, Kosow Sneaker Museum, Nike Archives, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, and Reebok Archives.

The Speed’s exhibition will include exclusive additions, featuring sneaker collaborations with regional icons John Wall, Rajon Rondo, and shoes from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.

“We understand the legendary love Kentuckians have for sports in this state,” said Scott Erbes, Chief Curator, Speed Art Museum. “We want to have fun with this, as well, and draw in crowds who might not normally visit the Speed. We are including many events, special tours and some surprises along the way that will be a draw. There will truly be something for all ages.”

Visitors are encouraged to snap a “shoefie” at various locations, both at the Speed and throughout the community.  Special sidewalk graphics and “shoefie” stations will appear around Louisville, encouraging people to pose and snap a selfie with their sneakers that can be shared via social media at #Speedsneakers.  A wide variety of events, films and family activities will also focus on Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

“We want to give back to the community as well,” said d’Humieres. “Guests who bring in a pair of new or gently used sneakers will receive $1 off admission to Out of the Box, with the shoes being donated to WaterStep.” WaterStep translates the shoe donations into funding to help developing countries finance potable-drinking water projects.

The Speed exhibition is organized around six central themes: The Rubber Revolution of the 1820s to the 1920s chronicles the birth of the sneaker, advancements in rubber and the rise of sport culture;  Body Politics explores the democratization of sneakers as the pursuit of bodily perfection took on nationalistic tones between the 1920s and 1970s; Fitness and Fashion shows the relationship between celebrity and the status sneaker; Fresh Out of the Box explores the sneaker as a symbol of urban masculinity; Air Jordan I–XX3 chronicles the immense popularity and cultural significance of Air Jordans; and finally, Innovation and Design highlights some of the most influential designs in recent sneaker history, including the first cross-trainer.

The Speed, which reopened in March 2016, was closed for three years for a major $60 million renovation and expansion which doubles the square footage of the original museum and triples exhibition space. Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will land in Speed’s spectacular new North Building. “The new Speed is a true hub of creativity where art from the around the world is available for all,” said d’Humieres. “The many additional events and activities around Out of the Box will engage all ages and bring a constant hum of activity to the Speed that will open our entire collection to all.”


Shoe and fashion-related items will be available for purchase in the Speed Museum Store, along with an extensive exhibition catalogue that will provide the first definitive history of sneaker culture by curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, of the Bata Shoe Museum. It also features contributions from 24 influential figures, including former Jordan Brand Footwear Design Director D’Wayne Edwards, NBA champion Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, U.S. Open tennis champion Stan Smith, creative designer Sophia Chang, Run DMC member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, fashion designer Jeremy Scott, Details magazine Style Director Eugene Tong, footwear designer Christian Louboutin, founding creative director of Def Jam Records Cey Adams, and contemporary artist Tom Sachs.

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum. Generous support for the national tour of the exhibition is provided by Macy’s. Local sponsorship is provided by Delta Dental of Kentucky and Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.

A look at the new Speed Art Museum

The new 62,500 sq. ft. North Building is largely transparent and creates one of the finest experiential art museums in the country. It doubles the museum’s overall square footage and nearly triples the gallery space from the existing wing.


The expansion creates a new state-of-the-art space for larger special exhibitions, contemporary art galleries, a Kentucky gallery, a family education and welcome center, cinema, indoor/outdoor café, museum store, and a multifunctional Grand Hall for performances, lectures and entertaining. Additionally, the new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public piazza features creative artworks created specifically for the Speed Museum, that engage University of Louisville students and museum visitors alike. The Art Park gives the thousands of students who walk past the Speed each day on the adjoining UofL Belknap Campus the ability to mingle with great art, creativity and architecture.


The total expansion effort encompasses approximately 220,000 sq. ft., including 79,600 sq. ft. of renovation, 75,000 sq. ft. of new construction, and 135,000 sq. ft. of landscape improvements.

Internationally renowned museum designer Kulapat Yantrasast of Los Angeles-based wHY created the design in association with K. Norman Berry Associates of Louisville. Louisville philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed founded the Speed Art Museum in 1925 with a belief in the power of art to change people’s lives. The Speed’s first building was designed by Louisville-based architect Arthur Loomis and opened in 1927; new structures were added in 1957, 1972, 1983 and 1996.


Thanks to a gift of $1 million from the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Speed offers free Sunday admission until 2021. As a special traveling exhibition, admission to Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, is $8 for the public, and $6 for Speed members, including Sunday visits.


About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity and brings art from around the world to all. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed plays an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours, events and art-related school programs.  For more information, visit www.speedmuseum.org.


About the American Federation of Arts

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally.  A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs.  For more information, visit www.afaweb.org.


About the Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, is an internationally acclaimed museum that boasts a collection of more than 13,000 artifacts spanning 4,500 years of history and actively supports a mandate to collect, research, exhibit and publish on the cultural, historical and sociological value of footwear.  For more information, visit www.batashoemuseum.com.

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Alright… stop, collaborate, and listen. The Speed is back with a brand new exhibition! Wear your

favorite sneakers and check out the fly kicks in Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Bust a

move to DJ Z-Nyce and Eons D and the Space Campaign. See Louisville sneakerheads showcase

their top kicks, and unique ways to wear them, in a sneaker fashion show. And, transform your

shoes from lame to fresh at our funkifying sneaker bar.




SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 12:00–5:00 PM



Listen to DJ OutHere’s musical interpretation of sneaker culture as you explore the exhibition,

Out of the Box.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 12:00–5:00 PM



DJ Vane will create curated mixes inspired by the rise of sneaker culture.









“A joyous and inspirational film.” —Edward Douglas, Film Journal International

Running, once an activity reserved uniquely for men and confined to stadiums with strict rules,

has changed considerably within the last fifty years. This documentary reveals the push for gender

diversity within the sport and the cultural shifts to democratize the sport internationally. Directed

by Pierre Morath. 2015, Belgium, DCP, 100 minutes.






“Sweet and high-spirited.”—Roger Ebert

Kelly, a struggling young jazz dancer starts to incorporate hip hop moves that she is exposed to

through the street dancers Ozone and Turbo. While her new style is winning audiences over on

the street, her stern dance instructor is less than impressed. Chocked full of great performances

including Turbo’s “Broom Scene,” dance battles, and even Ice-T as a DJ. 1984, video, 86 minutes.







“Pure, laugh-a-minute cheeseball entertainment.”—Tasha Robinson, AV Club

The leads of Breakin’ are back as a group of dancers who band together to stop the demolition of

a community recreation center by a developer who wants to turn the site into a generic shopping

mall. Viktor Manoel, Ice-T, and Martika (Toy Soldiers) round out the cast as dancers. 1984, U.S.,

Blu-Ray, 94 minutes.





“A slice of urban life reframed through a pop culture perspective.”—Imran Khan, PopMatters

Capturing the emerging New York Hip Hop scene, Beat Street follows Kenny, an emerging musician

who mixes beats, rap, and original music, and Ramon, his talented graffiti artist. When they meet

up with legit star Tracy she knows how to get them the attention they deserve. Featuring break

battles from the Rock Steady Crew and the New York Breakers. Produced by Harry Belafonte.

1984, video, 105 minutes.






Show us where your sneakers take you. Create a comic book about your everyday or unusual journeys.




Design your dream sneakers and shoe box. Don’t forget to add your signature and display it in our

Gheens Court shoe store.




We give you materials and your task is to turn them into some fab footwear! What kind of sneaker

sculpture will you create?









Show off your kicks in our community video. Stop by the Prototype Lab in Art Sparks to have your

shoes filmed for a collaborative, stop-motion short to be screened at the Museum in October. As a

thank you, you’ll receive an instant portrait of your sneakers.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1:00–3:00 PM


Make your mark by creating a stamp of an original shoe sole pattern!




Using your sneaker sole as a stamp, make a clay pendant reppin’ your favorite kicks.

Complete your creation with a shoelace “chain”!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1:00–2:00 PM




Join storyteller Peter Howard from the Louisville Free Public Library for an afternoon of fun

and family-friendly tales.








Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada. Find inspiration in the celebrity-designed, wearable

art of the Out of the Box exhibition. Design a logo unique to you and learn how to screen print your

design. The Museum will provide swag or BYOS (bring your own swag).



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 10:30–12:30 PM



AGES 8–12


Learn to make treasure from your trash! Transform everyday materials—like takeaway containers,

cardboard scraps, and old magazines—into wearable works of art after visiting the Out of the Box








Learn how to transform everyday materials into wearable works of art. Remember making shrinky

dinks? You may not be able to wear the Care Bear-themed choker that you made when you were

eight, but with these new skills, you’ll be able to make jewelry inspired by contemporary art.

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Get ready LouisvilleKY! Cards football is about to begin Monday, Aug 29 2016 

What’s New at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football fans attending the Cardinals’ Sept. 1 opening game against Charlotte will notice several new features that are designed to aid location services and provide added customer service throughout the upcoming season.

New 15-foot-tall sign towers located throughout the parking lots will provide game day information, maps, directional information, tailgating policies and stadium prohibited items.  Once inside the stadium gates, fans will see new “You Are Here” maps throughout the stadium to provide guests with location references.  New wayfinding signage throughout the stadium is in place to direct fans in the appropriate direction.
Stadium personnel are introducing a new customer service platform this season that includes participation by the full game day staff throughout the stadium.  “We are here for you” is a commitment to fans, donors and guests to improve everyone’s game day experience and assure that no question goes unanswered.  It includes city and campus police on the streets around the stadium, parking lot staff, security and ushering staff, concession and catering personnel, cleaning contractors and physical plant staff who are all working to provide the best game day experience in not only the ACC, but in the NCAA.
papa johns cardinal stadium cards
In an effort to reconnect parents with lost children, UofL is providing a Tag-A -Kid program at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Parents are encouraged to visit the nearest Customer Relations Booth to receive a wrist band on which they can include their contact information and attach to their child to speed reconnecting any inadvertent separations that may occur.
Patrons who need assistance before they enter the stadium can look for our new Customer Relations staff that will be located throughout the stadium parking lots.  These staff members will be available to answer questions and relay information to the stadium command center on game days to help make everyone’s tailgating experience the best it can be.
Additional Important Items
Below are a few additional important items to note for Cardinal Football fans as they attend home games.
Accessible Shuttle Service
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium provides golf carts throughout the stadium Bronze and Green lots for patron assistance to and from the stadium for every home game.  These golf carts will help fans with accessibility needs to make the trip from the parking lot to the stadium gates.  The carts are designed to transport One Customer and One Companion.  Fans parking in any of the Green lots should walk to the west drive lane — which runs parallel to the train tracks — to find the Accessibility Shuttle Service.  Golf carts will be stationed at Gate 5 at the end of the game for transport back to vehicles.
Card March
Fans are encouraged to participate in the pregame CardMarch, which provides fans an opportunity to greet the Cardinals and cheer them on as the team enters the stadium.  The team will be dropped off on the south side of the Denny Crum Overpass on Central Avenue two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff (for example, 9:45 a.m. for a noon kickoff). With the assistance of the UofL marching band and spirit groups, the team will walk from the Green Lot, through the tunnel and into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans are invited to arrive early and create an entrance way for the players as they head into the stadium.
Customer Relations
Customer Relations Booths can be found at Sections 108, 120 and 132 and on the UPS Flight Deck near the south elevators.  Services offered at the Customer Relations booths include but are not limited to:
·       Providing general information assistance
·       Tag-A-Kid / At-Risk Adult ID Program
·       Lost and found
·       Guest feedback forms
·       Family / Assisted restroom entry codes
·       Purchase game day program
·       Curtained area for mothers to breast feed their children within Customer Relations Booths located at Sections 108, 120 and 132.
Wheelchair Placement
Patrons with wheelchairs that are not assigned a seat in a specific wheelchair section should park their wheel chairs in the nearest wheelchair seating section and check it in with the volunteer usher where it will be stored during the event. The stadium does not recommend leaving wheelchairs unattended in the inner concourse during the event.
Wheelchair Assistance Inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Wheelchair assistance will be available for all home games for fans needing assistance to get from the stadium entry gates to the concourse/vomitory near where they are seated.  Fans are able to connect with the nearest usher/security guard at every stadium gate and ask for assistance.  Fan Assistance staff will arrive with a wheelchair and provide assistance to the fan in need.  This service will be provided both before and after UofL football games. 
Fans just need to contact the stadium at 502.852.0083 prior to leaving the stadium. A Fan Assistance staff member will then return to meet the fan and provide a ride back to either the Accessible Shuttle Service golf carts at Gate 5 or the nearest stadium exit gate.  Be advised that these staff members will not leave the stadium.  Fans that are in need of assistance to their vehicle in either the Bronze or Green parking lots will need to utilize the Accessible Shuttle Service golf carts located at Gate 5.
Handicapped Parking
Additional handicapped parking is available at the Floyd Street parking garage located at 2126 South Floyd Street. The Park and Ride Shuttle service will provide wheelchair accessible transport for handicapped fans from the garage to the stadium bus lane (located near Gate 3).  The Park and Ride Shuttles run three hours before kick-off and up to two hours after the completion of the game.  For example, for a noon game, the Park and Ride Shuttles will start at9:00 a.m.
Lactation Locations
A curtained area for mothers to breast feed their children is available within Customer Relations Booths located at Sections 108, 120 and 132.
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has the capability to receive text messages from fans who want to report unruly fan behavior or any other issue without leaving their seat.  Text “VILLE” <space> with the issue and location to 69050.  A stadium staff member will let you know that we have received your text message and will work to ensure the issue is being addressed.

More Information
Additional information Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, including maps, driving directions, parking tips and stadium policies, is available online at this link:  http://gocards.com/facilities/?id=13

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