Center of the Sporting Universe
Sports fans know that Louisville’s spectacular KFC Yum! Center is hosting the second and third rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this week. Word of Louisville’s hospitality and love of sports has clearly gotten around, because that’s just the beginning of a championship-filled year for Possibility City.
Beginning in May with golf, tennis, softball and lacrosse, through December’s volleyball tilt, Louisville will host 1,000 student-athletes, and 9 NCAA tournament championships will be decided.
Louisville’s Six Appeal
We start with the NCAA DII Spring National Championships Festival, which will crown 6 champions. Women’s golf tees off at Persimmon Ridge, while the men take the links at theCardinal Club. The Top Gun Tennis Academy and EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park host men’s and women’s tennis. Women’s softball and lacrosse take the fields at Bellarmine University. Action for each sports begins on May 14, so choose your events carefully. The choice gets more difficult on May 19, when all championships will be decided.
For most cities, those 6 championships would be more than they could handle. But not Louisville. On November 17, the men’s and women’s cross country championship runs into EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park. And to wrap up the year, women’s volleyball will pick its champion at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 13 and 15.
Here’s Your Chance To Bring Home the Gold
Speaking of year-round sports, the Louisville Sports Commission will raffle off a package that will blow the mind of any sports lover. It’s called the Golden Ticket, but that hardly does it justice. The lucky winner will receive two tickets to each regular season home football and basketball game for UofL or UK.
In addition – yeah, in addition! – they receive tickets for:
- 2012 Kentucky Oaks
- 2012 Kentucky Derby
- Louisville Bats season
- Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (Bluegrass Club access)
- Bellarmine University men’s regular season home basketball games
- 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championship
- 2013 Cyclocross World Championships (VIP credentials)
More Louisville Love from the National Media
The NCAA isn’t the only group to have noticed all the great times to be had in Louisville. U.S. News and World Report is just out with its list of 12 Best Weekend Getaways, and not surprisingly, Louisville has snagged one of the spots. So get on over there and vote for Louisville as your champion destination.