Cardinals championship floor unveiled at KFC Yum Center


by WHAS11

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 8:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – History comes in many forms and today, one form is unveiled in a 26 by 22 piece of wood.

The center court piece, where the Louisville Cardinals conquered Michigan in the 2013 NCAA Championship, is a piece of history that means so much to loyal fans.

“Every day is a good day to be a Cardinal fan. It’s really nice,” fan Jason Warren said.

“By hanging this center piece of the center court, it makes Louisville an even more special city,” Dan Rivers of Northwestern Mutual said.

The court that once sat in the Georgia Dome was bought by Northwestern Mutual for an undisclosed amount.

The center court has been donated to UofL and placed in the KFC Yum Center.

“The generosity of doing a project of this magnitude is unbelievable,” University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said.

Now that the massive center court piece from the Georgia Dome is here at the KFC Yum Center high into the ceiling, 10,000 pounds of the floor can be seen by fans when they walk in the front entrance.

The remainder of the court was cut into pieces and sold to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer.

Northwestern Mutual’s goal is to raise more than $250,000 and donate it all to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

2,000 pieces out of the 4,500 are still available for purchase.