Lynn Family Stadium, the home of the United Soccer League’s Louisville City FC and National Women’s Soccer League’s Racing Louisville FC, has won the Phoenix Award for brownfield redevelopment as the stadium is in its second year of operation in the Butchertown neighborhood.
The 2022 Phoenix Awards winners were announced at the National Brownfields Conference in Oklahoma City. The crystal trophy will be presented to the city, its professional soccer clubs and fans at a game later this season.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said James O’Connor, president of LouCity and Racing. “Our ownership group and metro government deserve enormous credit along with Linebach Funkhouser. It shows what is achievable when everyone works together to better our city.”
The Phoenix Awards call attention to those who give productive uses to contaminated areas, stimulating economic development and community engagement. Lynn Family Stadium sits on 35 formerly underutilized acres that used to be dotted with storage tanks, storage facilities and used cars. Millions of dollars were put into redevelopment as part of the project. Development adjacent to the soccer stadium will line the property in the years to come.
The Phoenix Award comes on the heels of Louisville City FC welcoming a record crowd of 14,673 to Lynn Family Stadium for a victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. This week, Racing Louisville FC is playing host to internationally known clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan as part of The Women’s Cup, a second-year tournament, with Racing to face OL Reign in Saturday’s final. Lynn Family Stadium has also hosted concerts, festivals and other community events since gates opened in July 2020.
“The Louisville Soccer Stadium project was a massive undertaking and thanks to the efforts of many dedicated public servants and community-minded individuals from the private sector, we created a completely new face for Louisville as one enters and exits our city,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Most importantly, this innovative project transformed a brownfield into a visually stunning and vibrant place to be enjoyed by Louisvillians and visitors for decades to come.”
Owned by Soccer Holdings, LLC, and managed by ASM Global, Lynn Family Stadium was in 2021 bestowed Greater Louisville Inc.’s Silver Fleur-De-Lis Award, named Business First Louisville’s Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year and nominated for “Stadium of the Year” in a worldwide competition hosted by StadiumDB.