Notable Players: Johnny Unitas, Chris Redman, Elvis Dumervil, Gerod Holliman, Lamar Jackson, Deion Branch, Howard Stevens, Frank Minnifield, Dwayne Woodruff, Tom Jackson, Ted Washington, Otis Wilson
Louisville Cardinals Football Tickets
Louisville is the home of the great NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas, the championship-winning Lady Birds dance team and the Marching Cards band. The history of Louisville Cardinals football is long and distinguished, dating to 1912. ESPN commentator Lee Corso briefly coached the team between 1969 and 1972, winning two conference titles. Howard Schnellenberger, who had just won the national championship at Miami, coached the team between 1985 and 1994. His best season was a 10–1–1 finish in 1990. After several down years, John L. Smith took over in 1998 and resurrected the team’s fortunes. The 2001 squad went 11–2 and won the conference. Head coach Bobby Petrino continued this success with a 12–1 record and Orange Bowl win in 2006 before departing to the Atlanta Falcons. In 2012, head coach Charlie Strong led the team to an 11–2 record and a victory in the Sugar Bowl. In 2016, quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first Cardinal in history to win the coveted Heisman Trophy with a combined 51 passing and rushing touchdowns. Get Louisville Cardinals football tickets at StubHub.
Where does Louisville Cardinals play?
Louisville Cardinals plays at the Cardinal Stadium, located on the southern end of The University of Louisville's campus. Opened in 1998, the stadium was known as the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the first 20 years of its existence. It has a seating capacity of 61,000. In addition to standard seating, the Cardinal Stadium has premium seating options, including Brown and Williamson Club seats on the west side, PNC Club seats on the east side, the Pepsi Club on the north side and several premium luxury suites.
What can I experience at a Louisville Cardinals game?
Louisville games offer a wide array of events. Two hours before every home game you can watch the Card March as the team emerges from the bus and walks to the stadium entrance, accompanied by the marching band and the cheerleading squad. You can also visit the Johnny Unitas statue located directly outside of the north endzone of the stadium. During the game itself, you can experience a live performance by the Marching Cards school band.
How is the tailgating scene at a Louisville Cardinals game?
Tailgating around the Cardinal Stadium is a tradition of Louisville football. Fans can begin setting up equipment when lots open in the morning. If you don’t want to bring your own equipment, there are several premium tailgating options available that will set you up with everything you need to enjoy the tailgating experience.
Who are Louisville’s biggest rivals?
Louisville shares its biggest rivalry with the SEC opponent and its fellow state school Kentucky. The rivalry was sparsely played for 70 years, but following its renewal in 1994, the matchup became an annual tradition. The winner of the game receives The Governor’s Cup, while the Most Valuable Player receives the Howard Schnellenberger Award. Louisville also shares a rivalry with The University of Cincinnati due to the proximity of its campuses. Since the first meeting in 1929, the two teams have played on more than 50 occasions. The winner of the game receives the Keg of Nails trophy.