The University of Louisville Cardinal Park is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's largest sports complexes, serving both the university and the surrounding community.
Cardinal Park, which serves as a front lawn for the University bordering Interstate 65, offers an unprecedented opportunity for the University of Louisville to attract students, establish an extensive women's sports program, expand the distinguished tradition of nurturing athletic talent and contribute to the community.
Churchill Downs is best known as home to “the greatest two minutes in sports.” The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously running sporting event in the United States with the 137th Derby run in May 2011. The mile and a quarter race for 3-year-old fillies and colts is held annually on the first Saturday in May. In 2004, there were major renovations made to the grandstand, including the construction of the luxurious Jockey Club Suites.
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park is a 369-acre oasis on the eastern edge of the Louisville metropolitan area. The rolling fields that were once farmland are now the site of some of the finest recreation facilities in Kentucky, including 12 lighted tennis courts, a permanent BMX track and one of the best cross country courses in the United States. E.P. "Tom" Sawyer park also boasts more than 1,100 parking spaces, including 800 in the main lot.
Kentucky Exposition Center
The Kentucky Exposition Center is one of the top 10 largest public facilities of its kind in the United States. The 400-acre property offers 19,000 parking spaces surrounding the more than 1.3 million square feet of indoor space including Freedom Hall, former home to the University of Louisville Cardinals, which seats in excess of19,000 people, Broadbent Arena and Cardinal Stadium.
Kentucky International Convention Center
With 300,000 square feet of space, the Kentucky International Convention Center can easily accommodate a wide variety of sizes and types of events. Of the 300,000 square feet available, 200,000 square feet is prime exhibit space including 145,000 square feet of contiguous, column-free areas. Accompanying the exhibit halls is a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 52 meeting rooms - all under one roof.
The Kentucky International Convention Center is located in downtown Louisville, within walking distance of most of the 3,000 downtown hotel rooms.
Louisville Metro Parks
With responsibility for 122 parks covering more than 13,500 acres, Louisville Metro Parks operates and maintains Metro Government's parks, forests, golf courses and recreation facilities.
University of Louisville
Among the finest facilities in college athletics, the University of Louisville offers its student-athletes and entire student body and the Louisville community one of the top physical plants in the mid-South.
- Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
- Cardinal Arena
- Cardinal Boathouse
- Cardinal Club
- Cardinal Park Soccer & Track Stadium
- Jim Patterson Stadium
- Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
- Ralph Wright Natatorium
- Trager Stadium
- Ulmer Stadium
KFC Yum! Center
This state-of-the-art arena opened October 2010 in the heart of downtown Louisville. Seating 22,708 and featuring more than 700,000 square feet of space, it’s no wonder the KFC Yum! Center is the new home of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Second and Third Rounds and 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
A hidden jewel located in the heart of Louisville's eclectic Highlands nNeighborhood, Bellarmine University is home of the 2011 NCAA DII Basketball Championship team and houses four quality athletic facilities; Knights Hall, Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, Knights Field and Eddie Weber Tennis Center.
Eva Bandman Park
Louisville's Eva Bandman Park is proud to become the premiere public cyclocross venue in the United States. Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that combines different types of racing elements - wooded trails, graded, steep hills and obstacles that require the rider to dismount, carry the bike over or around the obstruction, and remount. Metro Parks began construction of the course at Eva Bandman in 2009, and completed the course prior to the 2010 USGP Derby City Cup. The course combines scenic views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River but still includes trecherous features such as sand mounds, numerous run-ups, "flyovers" and wooded areas that will pose challenges for even the most experienced riders.
The centerpiece of Waterfront Park is a massive green space, well-suited for a variety of programmed activities, such as concerts, large picnics, weddings or athletic events. Twelve acres can accommodate more than 25,000 people. A gentle sloping surface provides a casual amphitheater with a fabulous backdrop - the Ohio River!
Other Louisville Sports Venues
- All About Kids Sports Center
- Gotcha Boccé
- Iceland Sports Complex
- Knights Hall at Bellarmine University
- Knights Field at Bellarmine University
- Louisville Indoor Racquet Club
- Louisville Tennis Center
- Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
- Mockingbird Valley Indoor Soccer Club
- Otter Creek Park
- River City Indoor Soccer Club
- Skyview Park
- Southern Indiana Sports Center
- Spectrum Building
- Basketball Academy
- Hoops: Where the Game is
- Mid-America Sports Center
- Louisville Bats