The Louisville Cardinals are one of the hottest brands in college football. Playing in the ACC, the Cardinals compete with some of the premier teams in the country, and have proven themselves to be a tough battle for any team in any conference. Louisville has won over half a dozen conference championships, spanning the 5 conferences they have been members of. A stroll through the BellSouth Johnny Unitas Football Museum lets you see montages to the many Cardinals greats such as Johnny Unitas, Deon Branch, Chris Redman, and Elvis Dumervil. Watching the players enter Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and touch the statue of Johnny Unitas and listening to the crowd give “C-A-R-D-S” chants is sure to give you goosebumps. After a win the Cardinals salute the fans in the Victory Lap that sends every gameday win out in style. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Louisville Cardinals football tickets.
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Louisville Cardinals Football at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Address: 2899 S. Floyd St. Louisville, Kentucky, 40209
The Louisville Cardinals play their home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Cardinal Stadium has been home to the Cardinals since 1998 and seats over 55,000 fans. Two hours before kickoff, the Cardinals players walk through a sea of fans, cheerleaders, and the university band in the tradition known as the Cards March. Before entering the field the players all touch the base of the Johnny Unitas statue located in the north end zone. After a hard earned win, watching the players take part in the traditional victory lap is an unforgettable experience, and if you make your way close enough to the field you may get a high five from your favorite player. The Louisville Cardinals home bench is on the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium sideline with sections 126-136. Papa John's Cardinal Stadium parking information is covered in our Cardinals event guide.
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Louisville vs. Kentucky
Known as the “Battle for the Governors Cup,” this is the biggest football game in the State of Kentucky. The rivalry dates all the way back to 1912, and the two teams have been playing for the Governors Cup since 1994. Kentucky dominated the early years of the rivalry, but the Cardinals have turned the tide, and have seen much success in the last two decades. With so much regional bragging rights on the line in the Bluegrass State, this game is always high energy, and exciting to watch.
Louisville vs. Cincinnati
These two former conference opponents battle for the right to take the “Keg of Nails” trophy back to their respective campuses. The rivalry began in 1922, and the winner has been awarded the “Keg of Nails” trophy since 1929. Cincinnati dominated the first decade of the rivalry, but the Cardinals have clawed back, and this matchup has produced some of the most exciting games over the last decade. Fans from both sides hope that the rivalry continues now that the schools are no longer in the same conference.
2011 Louisville Preview
Louisville had a return to their once-competitive teams last season, going 7-6 and winning the Beef O Brady's Bowl. Second-year coach Charlie Strong will have his hands full thsi year, though as he looks to replace some key pieces of last year's team, but he is certainly the right man for the job.
The offense lost both its starting quarterback and running back this year, and will turn to junior Will Stein to operate the system. Stein was a former walk-on but has proven himself worth in his limited action. Senior Victor Anderson will likely split time in the backfield with Jeremy Wright, and Stein's go-to receiver will be senior Josh Bellamy.
The defense will likely be a strong part of the Cardinals this year thanks in large part to sophomore defensive end B.J. Butler. On the opposite end of the line is senior Greg Scruggs who will provide some veteran leadership. The linebacking corps will be headed by Dexter Heyman who is an experienced leader. As for the secondary, Hakeem Smith and Shenard Holton are both returning starters and should lead the way.
2010 Louisville Preview
During the 2010 college football season, the University of Louisville Cardinals will try to remind fans why they're so proud to wear red and white. As recently as 2006, the Cardinals were one of the highest ranked teams in the country, and even drew some of the largest national audiences on their televised games. Leading into the 2007-2008 season, the team had made nine consecutive bowl game appearances and had just won its first BCS bowl game with an Orange Bowl victory over Wake Forest.
After finishing seventh in the Big East Conference last year, Louisville looks to the upcoming season as an opportunity to return to national prominence. In particular, the new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will seek to improve the team's rushing offense and red zone efficiency.
Now with a little more experience under their belts, the two-headed rushing attack of junior Victor Anderson and sophomore Darius Ashley will be expected to carry the load this year. Last season, the two combined for nine touchdowns and more than 900 yards on the ground.
When the Cardinals open the season against Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, ticketholders will be on their feet to usher in a fresh start in Louisville football.
2009 Louisville Preview
Louisville fans should be looking forward to the upcoming football season, because Cardinals Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe is entering his 3rd year on the job. This is the season that U of L faithful should start to see more success on the field from Kragthorpe's team. The Cardinals offense should be a strength of the team, and if they get things going then watch out for the Cards in 2009.
2008 Louisville Preview
The University of Louisville Cardinals football program has been a rising star in the NCAA for the last ten years. Their 2006 season ended with a 12-1 record, a Big East title, and a trip to the BCS Orange Bowl. The team returned many of its starters but would lose its head coach Bobby Petrino to the Atlanta Falcons after the Orange Bowl game. The 2007 Cardinals struggled to repeat its success of 2006. The coming season should be an interesting one as Louisville fans fill Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to see whether their team can regain the Big East Championship and dream to compete for a national title.