Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

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Construction at Papa John''s Cardinal Stadium
Construction at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
Construction at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

As the Cardinals continue with their football season (it’s a good thing we don’t have to cover sports), here’s our latest round of photos from the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Be sure to check out the specifics of the project and some renderings from our last installment covering that other giant sports construction project in town. Check here for a behind the scenes look at the stadium construction.

Construction at Papa Johns'' Cardinal Stadium
Construction at Papa Johns'' Cardinal Stadium
Construction at Papa Johns” Cardinal Stadium. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

We’ve been covering the new arena Downtown since before it was even a hole in the ground, but we haven’t checked in with construction of that other mega-sports-project at the University of Louisville. Now, with football season coming online, we thought it was about time for a look at construction of the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion.

Demolition at the Haymarket site.
Demolition at the Haymarket site.
Demolition at the Haymarket site. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

Here are a few of the latest updates submitted by our ever-vigilant network of tipsters. See something interesting out there around town? Tell us at

  • Proof Gelato cart making the rounds Downtown. Proof on Main will be taking the cart around Downtown. It officially opened a couple days ago according to the carts Twitter stream. Check out the cart under construction at Consuming Louisville and see the finished cart over at Blog Proof. Excellent idea for summer in Louisville.
  • Sidewalks installed on Taylorsville Road. A tipster spotted crews recently pouring some concrete walkways in a completely unwalkable part of town. Now, you can risk your life in a safer way at the corner of Hurstbourne Lane and Taylorsville Road. Cynicism aside, hopefully this marks a step in the right direction. There are still vast areas of Louisville without sidewalks, and one more can never hurt.
  • Haymarket site completely cleared. Okay, so this is an older one, but we never had a chance to get the story online. The site bounded by Market, Jefferson, Preston, and Floyd Streets has been completely demolished. It’s going to be the future home of the biomedical Nucleus campus. Don’t worry, nothing architecturally or historically important was on the site. The Interstate Blood Bank and a few 1970s or 1980s era one-story food vendors were all that was left. Finally, some demolition we can get behind; check out the photo up top.
  • Papa John’s Stadium Expansion going full steam ahead. A couple tipsters have written to share that construction on the new upper deck and walkway to the U of L football stadium is making some serious progress. Anyone have some photos they would like to share? Send them over to and we’ll get them online ASAP.

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Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Expansion
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Expansion.
Rendering of the expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The long planned Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expansion is one step closer with the announcement that UPS has provided an undisclosed amount towards construction. All the money is in, but rising construction costs have split the project into two phases and increased the original $62 million estimate up by roughly $20 million.