University of Louisville basketball and lacrosse athletes will have a new $23.5 million residence hall by the fall of 2022.
The university announced Wednesday that the Southeast Corridor Residence Hall project will have a skywalk connecting to the Planet Fitness Kueber Center, which opened in 2007 and holds training facilities and offices for Louisville’s men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse teams.
"We are excited to partner with campus housing in providing both students and student-athletes a premier dorm to call home," Louisville vice president and director of athletics Vince Tyra said in the university’s release. "The location of the dorm will provide our men's and women's basketball teams and our women's lacrosse team easy access to their primary athletic facility.”
The Louisville athletic department will get naming rights to the 128-bed dorm due to its $3.5 million commitment in donor funds. The intention is for the facility to house a mixture of athletes and non-athletes.
“Men's and women's basketball and women's lacrosse student-athletes — who each train in the adjoining facility, will live in the residence hall in which UofL Athletics will guarantee occupancy for 63 of the 128 beds to remain within the NCAA requirement of no more than 50% of the beds being occupied by student-athletes,” Louisville’s announcement reads. “UofL Athletics will also guarantee an additional 10 beds to be used by team managers and graduate assistants.
“The residence hall will also serve as a Living Learning Community (LLC) for sophomore and above Sport Administration majors, enhancing one of UofL's top undergraduate programs. It will be managed by UofL Campus Housing and will include a full-time live-in hall director and three resident assistants.”