Photo: Cole Bollinger
Along with ideal sight lines and seating in proximity to the pitch, Lynn Family Stadium will offer Louisville City FC fans amenities fit to feel like the club’s longterm home upon opening Sunday.
Final touches are being put on a superior local soccer experience ahead of a 5 p.m. kickoff against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. LouCity officials expect capacity to reach approximately 30% of Lynn Family Stadium’s 15,304-person maximum, owing to physical distancing protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those on site can indulge in local food and drink, solar-powered device charging stations and touch-free hydration spots. That’s in addition to a state-of-the-art video board — second-largest in Kentucky behind Churchill Downs’ massive screen — and digital boards circling the east side of the playing surface.
Stadium WiFi is free to the public by logging on through the reinforced LFS-Guest network. Restrooms are also numerous, designed to deal with a soccer game’s halftime rush or a much larger crowd on site for concerts or other stadium uses.
Walking the concourse, LouCity supporters will find sensor-activated water filling stations provided by The Louisville Water Company. Fans are permitted to bring in one empty clear, plastic bottle to refill at them.
Game attendees in need of some energy can charge up at five solar-powered charging stations thanks to Louisville Gas and Electric Company. Each of the LG&E solar tables offers four electrical outlets, eight USB ports, and wireless charging capabilities. The picnic table-style design allows patrons to take a load off and relax in the shade of the solar canopy above.
LG&E’s solar technology supports 75-150 handheld mobile device charges per day and is compatible with tablets, laptops, cameras and other similar equipment.
“Incorporating solar energy into the stadium’s state of the art design made perfect sense,” said LG&E Vice President of Communications and Corporate Responsibility Chris Whelan. “The stations take advantage of the natural resource provided by the sun and let folks enjoy games and other events without worrying about their devices running out of charge. We’re proud to provide an amenity that helps this new venue come to life for our community.”
As far as food options, Hometown Pizza is among familiar restaurant offerings. Butchertown’s Best features a barbecue-heavy menu, while Shelbygrille Road offers more familiar American fare. A taqueria, gourmet popcorn stand, Ehrlers Ice Cream and Kroger Marketplace (including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) figure to be fan favorites, too.
Bars also dot Lynn Family Stadium with custom setups for bourbons such as Maker’s Mark, Four Roses and Cooper’s Craft in which each brand can create its own signature cocktails. Lining the open end of Lynn Family Stadium is the 72-foot Modelo Scoreboard Bar believed to be the longest of its type in Kentucky. LouCity fans can also purchase Falls City Beer, Yuengling and Miller, among other brews.
Opening 90 minutes before kickoff alongside gates, is the Butchertown 1020 Beer Garden connected to the east side of the facility.
More information on Lynn Family Stadium can be found in an A to Z guide detailing how COVID-19 will influence the fan experience this season. LouCity is scheduled to play 10 of its remaining 15 USL Championship games at home with fans following stadium operator ASM Global’s VenueShield program calling for cashless operations, masks/face coverings and temperature checks among other safety measures.