Louisville City FC's Lynn Family Stadium has been nominated as a finalist for Stadium Database’s 2020 Stadium of the Year award. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The new home of two-time USL Championship title winner Louisville City FC, Lynn Family Stadium, has been nominated as a finalist for Stadium Database’s 2020 Stadium of the Year award.
The contest matches Lynn Family Stadium against other new facilities from across the globe with voting running now through March 15 at StadiumDB.com. Lynn Family Stadium is up for both the Popular Vote, decided solely upon fan selections, and Jury Vote determined by a panel of architectural experts.
To vote, click here and select five stadiums, rating them one through five stars, to complete a ballot. Users can vote once per device.
After more than 30,000 votes were cast from 127 countries or territories, last year’s Popular Vote was headlined by Hungary’s $615.8 million Puskás Aréna with the Premier League’s $1.3 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium coming in second. The architectural vote, however, swung to the Japan National Stadium which was constructed in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now rescheduled for this summer.
With a capacity of 15,304 in the Butchertown neighborhood just east of downtown Louisville, Lynn Family Stadium was intricately designed to embody the culture of the city its clubs proudly call home. This year, it will also become home to the NWSL’s Racing Louisville FC, which is scheduled to kick off its inaugural season in April with the NWSL Challenge Cup.
“Featuring a bourbon barrel-inspired facade, the unique ‘eyelash’ lights and ideal sight lines from every section, we’ve added to the city’s landscape the type of venue that can put Louisville into global conversations when it comes to the international game of soccer,” said Brad Estes, President of Soccer Holdings LLC. “We can’t wait to see Lynn Family Stadium in all her glory with 15,000 supporters cheering on our Racing Louisville FC and Louisville City FC teams.”
Lynn Family Stadium is part of a new wave of venues in the Championship and USL League One. In addition to LouCity’s new home, 2020 saw the opening of Chattanooga Red Wolves SC’s CHI Memorial Stadium. This year will see the opening of three new venues in the Championship as the Charlotte Independence move into a newly renovated Memorial Stadium, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC opens the 8,000-seat Weidner Field, and Phoenix Rising FC moves into a new 10,000-seat home at Wild Horse Pass in the Gila River Indian Community.
More new venues are set to arrive in the coming years, with League One’s South Georgia Tormenta FC currently constructing its permanent home venue in Statesboro, Ga. scheduled to open in 2022. In the Championship, both New Mexico United and OKC Energy FC are in the planning stage for new soccer-specific stadiums, while the past week saw positive news for prospective USL Championship teams in Des Moines, Iowa and Pawtucket, Rhode Island on mixed use projects that will feature soccer-specific stadiums as their centerpieces.
Lynn Family Stadium’s construction includes numerous supporter-friendly features. There’s a state-of-the-art video board – second largest in Kentucky behind Churchill Downs’ massive screen – ideal seating close to the pitch, myriad food and drink options, solar-powered charging stations, a beer garden and a 72-foot bar at the facility’s open end believed to be the longest in the state.
The $65 million project was completed in March of last year, but Lynn Family Stadium waited until July for its grand opening to 4,850 fans – roughly one-third capacity given restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With its safe-standing supporter zones providing ardent support, it still served as a solid home field advantage as LouCity took a 13-game unbeaten streak into the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference Final.