The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.
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Athletics Soccer stadium fever Everyone knows the phrase, "If you build it, they will come." Now, UofL will be home to the best college soccer stadium in America, thanks to a benchmark gift by Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn. The Lynns' $5 million gift was a major boost for UofL's $17.5 million, state-of-the-art soccer stadium. Dr. Lynn, a native of Owensboro, is the owner of Dr. Bizer's VisionWorld (soon to be called Visionworks) and a former member of the UofL Board of Trustees. Ground was broken May 30 on the stadium site at the intersection of Floyd and Byrne Streets. "This is going to be one of the largest stand-alone soccer facilities in the country," said Mark Jurich, associate athletic director for development. The new stadium will have a seating capacity of more than 5,300 and includes a 15,500-sq.-ft. training facility with locker rooms for both men's and women's teams, offces, a training room, a suite and press box facilities. The stadium's grand opening will kick off the start of the 2014 season when UofL joins the Atlantic Coast Conference. Winning in the classroom Over the last year, UofL athletes in several different sports have proven time and time again that they can excel under the bright lights. But, a recent report released by the NCAA shows that UofL athletes also know how to perform under fuorescent lights of the classrooms. According to the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA, the men's basketball and cross country teams and women's golf team are among the top 10 percent in their respective sports. The APR was created to measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Men's cross country and women's golf earned a perfect 1000 score for the most recent four-year period from 2008 to 2012. The men's basketball team took home the national title while posing a collective 3.295 grade point average for the 2012–13 academic year, with a record 3.41 combined GPA for the fall semester — the highest ever for the Cardinals. Peyton Siva, who graduated with a degree in sociology in May, was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection and named the 2013 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 14|LOUISVILLE.EDU