Louisville City FC announces construction firms for new soccer stadium
28 November 2018
Louisville City FC has revealed the name of the construction firms that will build the team's new soccer stadium.
Messer Construction and Harmon Construction will team up to build the $65 million, 11,300-seat soccer stadium at Cabel and Adams Streets in Butchertown.
"We're thrilled to be working with Messer/Harmon because of their proven record in this market and commitment to advancing this project," Brad Estes, president of Louisville City FC, said in a statement. "It's important to us that Messer and Harmon are part of the fabric of Louisville. Messer has built so many large, top-quality projects around Louisville and has demonstrated time and again the ability to finish on time and on budget, which is so important for our new stadium.
The stadium is expected to include 18 luxury seats, a premier club area with accommodations for 250, club and loge seating, a 40-foot-by-72-foot video board and eight bars in strategic locations throughout the stadium.
"It means that we're here forever," Estes said. "Without our own stadium we really wouldn't be able to continue to play. When you don't own your own stadium, you don't reap all the rewards of concessions, sponsorship, naming rights and it's impossible to survive unless you control your own revenue."
Construction is expected to take more than a year and is due to be complete for the start of the 2020 season in March.
"We have a goal to be ready for the first game, and that's the thing we have to keep our eye on," Project Executive Jason Larkin said.
Messer Construction and Harmon Construction both have experience building large Louisville sports complexes. The companies previously teamed up to build the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium expansion, which had a similar budget of almost $64 million.
"By this point, we're kind of used to projects of this scale," Larkin said.
Messer is also known for building the Old Forester Distillery and Norton Cancer Institute.
"We have another year at Slugger Field, and we're grateful for all the Louisville Bats have done to accommodate us," Estes said in a statement. "We wouldn't be where we are without the Bats' help. And we want our fans to come out in stronger numbers next year as we play our last season there."