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Sports



Louisville is synonymous with the greatest two minutes in sports – the running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Hundreds of thousands of people pack Churchill Downs to view the winner of the first leg of the Triple Crown of racing.

But Louisville’s love of sports goes much deeper than horse racing. This is Kentucky and Kentucky always means basketball, as in the University of Louisville Cardinals who have made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament eight times and hold two national championships. There’s also football, baseball, soccer, swimming (Louisville is home to 1984 Olympic Medalist Mary T. Meagher), extreme sports and a host of others.

Professional teams in Louisville include the Bats minor league baseball team, Kentucky Stickhorses (lacrosse), Louisville Lightning (indoor soccer), and the River City Rovers (soccer).

The best known sports venues in Louisville are Slugger Field, stadium for the Louisville Bats; the 22,000 seat KFC Yum! Center that is home to the Louisville Cardinals; Papa John’s Cardinal football stadium and Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby.

The Louisville Extreme Park in downtown is one of the country’s top skate parks. It features a 24-foot full pipe. It includes 40,000 square feet of outdoor concrete skating surface and a wooden vert ramp, along with restrooms. It is open 24-hours a day, year-round. The park provides opportunities for skateboarding, in-line skating and biking for people of all ages and skill levels.