Like cliff diving or ferret ownership, football is an endeavor best watched from the sidelines. Witness acts of bodily bravery with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get four upper-bowl tickets to a Louisville Cardinals football home game against Rutgers at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, October 21, at 8 p.m. (a $40 value).
A flurry of red floods opponents’ eyes every time the Louisville Cardinals take the field, but the team will have to rely on more than its proud colors when it takes on the similarly hued Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in a midseason Big East showdown. Led by Head Coach Charlie Strong, the Cardinals look to win an invitation to their 16th bowl game with a strong second half of conference play. Coach Strong’s playbook has sharpened the talons of such players as senior linebacker Dexter Heyman, who leads the team in tackles and distracts opposing linemen by pecking on their helmets during snap counts, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who deftly finds his cleated footing.
Louisville fans perched in upper-bowl seats can raise their hands in revelry during the pregame CardMarch and enjoy clear views of the action throughout. The 55,000-capacity Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium features comfortable chairback seats and an on-field cannon that douses the visiting team in gooey mozzarella cheese should they dare to celebrate a touchdown.
University of Louisville Athletics
Crossing the Ohio River on the north side of Louisville, it’s impossible not to notice the glassy façade of the KFC Yum! Center right on the river, a gleaming, $238 million cathedral to the University of Louisville’s flagship sport: basketball. Perennial powerhouses in both the men’s and women’s competition, Louisville showcases its fast-paced brand of basketball to one of the most loyal fanbases and student bodies in the country. While hoops may be king—the men’s basketball squad has won the school its two only NCAA Championships—the Cardinals take pride in a host of distinguished sports, including a football team that won both the Big East Conference and the Orange Bowl in 2006, leading the basketball team to briefly experiment with wearing helmets and cleats.