6 – 21,218 for the Red/ White scrimmage. A new arena, and era begins.
It was the day that every Louisville Cardinal fan had waited for. We would no longer play second fiddle to truck pulls, horse shows, and rodeos. And we would no longer have to watch as our arch rival Kentucky got to play a game on our home court. The University of Louisville Basketball team would finally have a home to call its own.
Tickets were grabbed up fast by Cardinal fans and the Red/white scrimmage was sold out in days. Louisville Fans weren’t going to pass up the chance to see their new digs. We would be moving into a brand new arena, and Rick Pitino announced that his team would be playing a new style of basketball. Rick said he would turn his guys loose and let them play a fast pace offensive.
The arena would not disappoint it was as shiny and great as I expected it to be. The Red Team would get a 124-113 victory over the White Team as both sides played at a fast pace and shot over 50% from the field.
“Great crowd, great arena,” head coach Rick Pitino said. “We’re getting what we want out of this style of play. It’s very easy to want to play this way. It’s difficult, but they want to play it.”
Normally a scrimmage game would not be in a top 10 countdown, but on a night as special as this it made mine at number 6.