Louisville City FC stadium still on schedule, on budget

Louisville City FC President Brad Estes (right) speaks at a tour of the construction site for his team’s future stadium. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Construction for Louisville City FC’s new $65 million stadium project in Butchertown is on schedule and on budget, the team announced Thursday.

“The new stadium, I think is really everything that we’ve been marching toward since 2015, and it’s part of the reason we have the excitement that we do today,” team President Brad Estes said. “Everybody can’t wait to get into the stadium.”

In staying on budget and on schedule, the team has also avoided having any accidents or incidents in 140,000 hours of labor, according to John Meggiben, Louisville region leader at Messer Construction. They’ve also remained local, as over 76% of the workers on the project have come from the Louisville area.

“This is a championship team in a championship city, and we think this is a championship project,” Meggiben said.

The team’s next big target is to make sure they begin getting the grass down on the field by August, according to Jason Larkin, project executive for Messer/Harmon Construction. As long as the stadium construction stays on pace, it will be set to open for the start of the 2020 season in March.

“At this point in time I don’t really see a scenario where we won’t be ready,” Larkin said. “We’ve been on track since day one for the spring season of 2020.”

Estes said that the team still does not know who they will play to open up the season, but that he’s spoken to the United Soccer League and anticipates that they’ll be able to pick who they open the stadium up against.

Check out photos from the construction site below.