Louisville City Football Club (LCFC) has broken ground on LouCity’s new 11,300-seat stadium, at the Butchertown stadium development site at Cabel and Adams streets.
The club received the final tax increment financing (TIF) from the Commonwealth earlier in June 2018.
Earlier, a feasibility study commissioned by the city had said that a soccer-specific stadium is needed to maintain and grown professional soccer in Louisville.
In September 2017, Mayor Greg Fischer had announced a $200m development plan for 35 underused acres in Butchertown, which will be anchored by a $50m, 10,000-seat, 15-acre soccer stadium, facilitating Louisville to compete for an MLS franchise.
The overall project will include retail, a hotel and offices, built by private investment.
LouCity, through a public-private partnership (PPP), plans to continue the revitalisation of downtown Louisville and surrounding areas in space occupied by the former Challenger Lifts headquarters, an above-ground oil tank facility, a storage space and auto salvage lot.
The stadium is expected to open in 2020 on the site located next to Interstates 64 and 71, close to the Big Four Bridge.
LouCity is working with city government, Metro Council members and state economic development officials for the project.
Construction of the stadium and office and retail space is expected to create jobs, drive tax revenues and spur economic growth.
LouCity, which currently plays at Louisville Slugger Field, competes in the United Soccer League (USL), sanctioned Division II in the US below only Major League Soccer.
The USL has said that its members should move into soccer-specific stadiums by 2020.
LouCity has appointed architecture firm HOK for stadium design of a facility expandable to 20,000 seats. Initial renderings display seating within close vicinity of the pitch, a suite level and amenities, including roofs and multiple video boards.
Louisville Metro Government will invest $30m, of which $25m will be used to purchase the land and $5m for brownfield remediation and public infrastructure.
LCFC will pay $14.5m back to the city over 20 years from sales of land, rent from leases of land, and stadium rent.
Image: The 11,300-seat stadium is expected to open in 2020. Photo: courtesy of Louisville City FC.