WASHINGTON — Louisville, Ky., plans to open a new football facility and renovate its current football stadium for the school’s football team next season, and will use $1.6 million in federal funding to renovate and refurbish it.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the plan Tuesday as the city begins construction on a new facility.
The $1 million will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be used to finance a $4.3 million refurbishment of the existing stadium.
Louisville is hoping to open the new stadium for a season by 2022.
The city expects the new facility to open in time for the 2020-21 football season.
The stadium will be about 75,000-square-feet, which would be enough to seat more than 400,000 fans.
It will have a retractable roof that will help it accommodate a higher capacity for the football team.
The renovations are part of an overall plan to build an arena in the heart of downtown, which includes plans to build a mixed-use residential and commercial district, a shopping center and a large convention center.