Louisville Loves its Cards


Hayes Turney, Staff Reporter

Saturday Sept. 16, the city of Louisville hosted ESPN’s College GameDay to get fans excited for the 8 o’clock kickoff of the Louisville vs. Clemson football game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Fans began arriving on the University of Louisville campus at 4 o’clock in the morning to score good spots and hopefully get their signs televised, but the broadcast did not start until 8 a.m. and went until noon. A few Valkyries were in the crowd to support their home team.

It proved to be a long day for these Valkyries, as many fans began tailgating hours before the game started and stayed for the entire game, only to see Clemson win against Louisville. The No. 3 Tigers defeated the No. 14 Cardinals 47-21.

Although the Cardinals may not have received the win, ESPN’s College GameDay brought a sense of excitement and community to Louisville, and gave fans an opportunity to fully showcase their spirit. It was an important day for Valkyries like senior Sada Rice, who has grown up a Cards fan.

“UofL games have always brought my family together. I’ve been going since the day I got out of the hospital. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents go. Football brings everyone together as a community and it was amazing to see that on Game Day,” Rice said.

Make sure to support the Cards at the next home game Sep. 23 against Kent State at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.