Louisville City FC drew a record crowd of more than 10,000 to its match against FC Cincinnati last year. | Courtesy of Louisville City FC

Louisville City FC released a statement Wednesday morning to reiterate that it would be best if its planned stadium were built in Louisville’s urban core. IL on Tuesday had reported that the club was considering building the venue in New Albany.

“While other markets around the region have expressed interest, construction of a venue in Louisville is our priority. We plan to be part of the city’s growth and feel that a stadium in its urban core is best for our fan base and the club’s continued success,” the club said.

Club Chairman John Neace had told IL that LouCity leaders were eyeing two possible sites for the $20 million to $30 million stadium, but declined to provide specifics. He said the stadium could be built in Louisville or Southern Indiana.

New Albany leaders had told IL that they have had preliminary discussions with Neace and proposed a couple of sites to him.

The club says it needs a stadium to comply with wishes of the third division United Soccer League and to enable it to eventually generate a profit.

Reaction to the news about New Albany being considered has been mixed among IL’s readers.

Some fans said they were disappointed that New Albany was being considered, while others, especially those living in New Albany, said they were excited.

Some posters voiced concerns about longer driving distances to the stadium and higher transportation costs, particularly because of bridge tolls.

Still others proposed the team change its name to New Albany City FC if it builds the stadium in the Indiana town.

Meanwhile, Louisville native Will Radcliff, who now lives in Evansville, Ind., called for calm, writing, “The Jets and Giants are in Jersey guys, not a big deal.”

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Boris Ladwig
Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.