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Lynn Family Stadium - Louisville City FC


Photos by Marc Viquez, Stadium Journey


Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 4.00

Lynn Family Stadium 350 Adams St Lousiville, KY 40206

Year Opened: 2020 Capacity: 11,700

 

Louisville's Home for Soccer

Lynn Family Stadium opened in 2020 as the home for Louisville City FC of the United Soccer League Championship. The 15,304-seat stadium was designed by HOK for $65 million and can expand to 15,304 spectators. The venue is one of a handful of soccer-specific venues in the league and provides fans with an up-close and personal view of the action on the field.


Before the opening of the new venue, the club operated a few miles down the road at Louisville Slugger Field, dubbed Slugger Field for soccer matches. The Triple-A ballpark is intended for the Louisville Bats minor league club, and the club averaged close to 8,000 fans per game; it was the objective to build its venue and avoid certain situations during the playoffs.


The stadium features seating on all three sides of the pitch, with the open end facing the interstate and the Ohio River. A 40-by-72.5-foot video board greets motorists from the outside and fans on the inside. When the sunset for evening games, the beautiful red hues sparkled up above as the sunset in the west.


Louisville fans have been lucky since the club established a winning tradition from day one. The club advanced to two conference finals in its first two seasons and then hosted the next three USL Championship Finals. The team was displaced for two years due to the Festival of Trees and Lights taking place at the ballpark. Lou City opted for the University of Louisville soccer field, which sat about half the amount of people. Those days are now over if the club does indeed continue its winning ways.




Food & Beverage 4


There are various concession stands and portable kiosks that provide an ample amount of food and beverages at the match. Customers should take notice that it is a cashless stadium - please bring a credit or debit card. Now that we have that taken care of, let’s see what they have to eat and drink.


The I Love Taco Truck and Franks is in the open area waterfront section of the stadium. The taco truck offers shrimp, tinga, al pastor, chorizo, and brisket tacos on corn tortillas. Franks features a hot dog of the month and also serves Italian sausages. 


Concession stands feature a “Burger of the Month”. During our visit, it was a 7-ounce patty and spicy Italian sausage with peppers and onions served on a hoagie roll. Other items are the hot brown poutine with fried cheese curds and mornay sauce, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and loaded barbecue nachos served in a souvenir soccer bowl. Pizza slices, ordinary nachos, chicken fingers, and pizza slices are also available at the match.


There are plenty of alcoholic beverages, cans of Mom water, fruit juice infused with vodka, Fall City, and Noble Funk beer served on draft; wine, bourbon, rum slushies, and cocktails are also available for purchase. The Yuengling bar offers drafts and a selection of wine and cocktails.


Photos Courtesy of the Louisville City FC


There are plenty of bars that spread out along the concourse serving bourbons from Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, and Cooper’s Craft–each brand also creates its signature cocktail. The highlight is the Modelo Scoreboard Bar on the south end of the stadium.


The 72-foot Modelo bar is located under the video board and features several tables where people can stand around. For pregame festivities in the future, we’re excited about the adjoining 1020 beer garden. Fans can purchase Fall City Beer, Yuengling, and Miller are among the brews to choose from while you watch the action.


Atmosphere 4

Lynn Family Stadium offers seating for 11,700 and can be expanded to 15,304 fans. Well before the match begins, fans tailgate in the parking lot east of the stadium. RVs, tables, TVs, and flags can be seen up and down the lot. Just north of the stadium is the Fan Zone which offers pre-game festivities and a miniature soccer field for younger fans. The area includes a miniature-sized soccer pitch and a giant “LOU CITY'' sculpture where fans can pose for photos in place of the missing “I”.


The Coopers, the official supporter group of Lou City, made its presence with drums, costumes, banners, and plenty of purple smoke, and on the opposite side of the stadium, a few more fans let off some smoke of their own after the two goals scored on the night. The stadium lights flash vividly before and after the game, and also when a goal is scored by the home team.



The roof of the seating area is colored and shaped like the sides of a bourbon barrel. The lights are slanted and can be adjusted for color, depending on the match. The concourse aisles are somewhat narrow, its walls decorated with Lou City art and players’ photos on the west side of the stadium. The opposite side is much more open and features a small table of merchandise. Also embedded inside the stadium are 18 luxury boxes and 250 Premier Club seats.


The gift shop has that brand-new smell and plenty of team merchandise from official jerseys, scarves, caps, t-shirts, and women's and children's gear. Racing Louisville also has a section of shirts that feature the club’s colors of deep purple and mint green. Several TV monitors are on display, and so are the team’s USL Championship trophies from 2017 and 2018.


Neighborhood 3

The stadium is located in the Butchertown section and within walking distance from the main plaza and Copper & Kings American Brandy Company. The up-and-coming neighborhood has renovated many of its meatpacking warehouses into shops, bars, and restaurants and provides an ideal spot before or after a match.


However, less than a mile from the stadium is the affluent East Market District, also known as NuLu. You will find everything from vintage clothing stores, gourmet eateries, and restored furniture shops. A few recommendations would include La Bodeguita for Cuban cuisine, Royals Hot Chicken, Grind Burger Kitchen, and Feast BBQ for a bite.


A few spots for a drink include the Old 502 Winery, Akasha Brewing Company, and the West Sixth NuLu which offers live music tucked away off the main street and surrounded by other shops and balcony seating. The Rabbit Hole Distillery and Garage Bar are other recommendations, but they were temporarily closed during our visit.


Fans 5

The Lou City crowd is one of the more boisterous in the league. There are two supporter group sections at both ends of the pitch. The Coopers, Ledgehogs, LouCity Ladies, and The Sheep’s Pens make their presence felt by chanting, flag waving, and drum playing. During a goal, purple smoke is released into the air to celebrate the score. The team has averaged over 10,000 fans per game this season and ranks number 2 in the league in this category.


Access 4

Lynn Family Stadium is located off of I-64 and is easily visible to motorists on the interstate. There are four lots for parking and must be pre-paid for $10. There is additional parking, when available, along the Louisville Waterfront Park and west of the stadium on Witherspoon Street.


Return on Investment 4

The price of a ticket for a soccer match costs as low as $15 at the time of this writing. There are four surface parking lots (Purple, Green, Gold, and Gray) that are pre-paid on the east, west, and south sides of the stadium. Additional parking is available along the Louisville Waterfront Park and west of the stadium on Witherspoon.


The price of food will include certain items such as cheeseburgers and chicken tender baskets fetching $11.99 and beer prices ranging from a 24-ounce domestic for $11.99 to a 24-ounce premium for $12.99. The best option is the loaded BBQ nachos served in a plastic soccer bowl for $11.99. It is big enough to feed two children.


Extras 4

Louisville City's stadium earns points for the pre-game festivities in the kid's zone that features a small soccer field and entertainment. The stadium earns another point for the variety of food and drink options from local favorites to old standards. The third point is for the design of the soccer-specific venue that is among the classiest in the league. A final point is awarded to the sunset view of the city's skyline at evening games.


Final Thoughts

Lynn Family Stadium is a wonderful addition to the league and a harbinger for the future of soccer-specific venues in the country. The bright and bold venue is what soccer stadiums should look like and what they could be to both team and fan. Lou City fans have been spoiled with the success on the pitch from their club and now they have an excellent venue to enjoy for many years to come.


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Follow all of Marc’s stadium journeys on Twitter @ballparkhunter and his YouTube channel. Email at Marc.Viquez@stadiumjourney.com



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