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Louisville City FC does game day right

Photo by: Bee Buck Photography

Photo by: Bee Buck Photography

Two weeks ago I had never attended a Louisville City FC game at Louisville Slugger Field.
Now, I wouldn’t miss one for the world.
I’ve spent all 21 years of my life attending games in Commonwealth Stadium and Rupp Arena. I never once thought I would find a group of people that love their team as much as the 61,000 and 24,000 that pack into those venues each week, but I did.
I’m currently in the middle of spending my summer as a media relations intern for LouCity, and I spent last night’s match against Pittsburgh on the field and in the crowd taking pictures and video. The excitement and love for the team is something I have never before seen.

Ten minutes before kickoff, the team’s supporters, including a large group called The Coopers, march along the stadium’s concourse to their section banging on drums and chanting. And for the next hour and half, they don’t stop. I got exhausted just watching these guys. They spent the entire 90 minutes cheering at the top of their lungs, jumping around, setting off purple and yellow smoke bombs after each goal and, yes, banging on their drums. Their energy is infectious throughout all of Slugger Field.
What’s more remarkable than the love for this team from the fans is how it is reciprocated from the players. Having spent the last five weeks with this team, I’ve seen first hand how much they care about the city of Louisville, their fans and each other. They’ll sign an autograph for every kid lined up with a poster and pen until they’re all gone, and they’ll take every picture for every fan who waits outside their locker room after each game. And trust me, it’s not a small number.
I knew I was going to get great experience going into this internship, but I didn’t know it was going to be an absolute blast working on a Saturday night — and the crowd was having way more fun than I was.
If you’ve never been to a LouCity game, you seriously don’t know what you’re missing out on. Fill the void of summer months without college sports and head on out to a game. Get tickets at a discounted price for KSR readers here by using promo code KSR.

Article written by Haley Simpson

I'm from Bullitt County but I'm not a 6'9 power forward with a solid outside shot. Follow me on Twitter: @haleysimpKSR

11 Comments for Louisville City FC does game day right

  1. MegatonRange
    9:26 pm June 18, 2017 Permalink

    Uh, okay, when can we expect the figure skating story?

    • wesmorgan1
      12:28 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

      As Haley said, it’s something of a ‘dead time’ for collegiate sports, so why not pick up on other sports action in the Commonwealth? While I don’t know of a UK connection to LCFC, there IS a Lexington connection – defender Kyle Smith was a four-year player at Transy.

      For those of us who, frankly, can’t really afford to take our family to a major league game (in ANY sport), minor league teams provide great entertainment at a very reasonable price. I make minor league sports part of my business travel; I’ve seen everything from semi-pro football in Vermont, single-A baseball in South Carolina, and ECHL hockey in West Virginia to second-division football in Japan and Mexican League games in Monterrey.

      Anything that raises the profile of minor league sports in Kentucky is a good thing. It’s baseball season, so I’d love to see KSR do some road trips to the (Lexington) Legends, (Louisville) Bats, and (Bowling Green) Hot Dogs…

  2. Aristocat
    10:56 pm June 18, 2017 Permalink

    I fully support the claims in this article. In the Supporters Section (main fan zone behind the goal near home plate), everyone is on their feat, singing and shouting almost non-stop for 90 minutes.
    It is an absolutely fantastic sporting experience, and something I really wish basketball and football had more of.

  3. JTHinton
    6:31 am June 19, 2017 Permalink

    Had the pleasure of attending several matches, and honestly I found the atmosphere more intense and exciting then Commonwealth or Rupp (save UL, UNC, Duke, Fla). They’ve been good for all three seasons and City is a team whose bandwagon is ready

  4. BiggestCatsFanInOhio
    12:40 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

    I get that you have a ticketing agreement with Lou City, but I would also encourage you to check out FC Cincinnati matches as well. I agree with comments above regarding LCFC, but they’re not the only exciting soccer in the area!

    • Eazy
      5:59 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

      Both are great venues. Cincy actually surpasses Louisville in attendance by a decent amount. One will eventually be in the MLS.

  5. jaws2
    1:06 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

    What exactly is LCFC? Please don’t tell me the F stands for football. Please.

  6. BlueFrank
    2:03 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink


  7. JTHinton
    3:33 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

    BlueFrank just because u think our football is boring doesn’t make u right it just means that u disagree with the rest of the world . FC Cincinnati has by far a better atmosphere and crowd (because they at Nippert which seats 30k+ ) but aren’t as good. LouCity are 2nd but have two games in hand.

    • Eazy
      6:00 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, Nippert is a great venue. I’d like to see Louisville get in to the mls but Cincinnati has the edge because of their fan base and population.

  8. Luether
    9:46 pm June 19, 2017 Permalink

    “Futbol” is too foreign for my liking…