LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS)--Not the rain, not the cold and not the wind. Nothing kept Cardinal fans away from the KFC YUM! Center Tuesday evening for the men's first basketball game of the season at the new arena.
"I'm hoping the Card faithful come out because the first couple I wanted some more CARDS cheers and I didn't get it," University of Louisville fan Mike Sewell said. "Not tonight, not with the cards playing in a new arena, I don't think so."
Two and a half hours before the game started -- the BBC Restaurant and Bar on Main Street was packed with people.
"I think people know about the weather and I think people are excited for the season to get started for sure," David Greenlee, BBC Restaurant & Bar, said.
The idea of traffic or parking away from the arena and walking in the rain didn't hinder Cardinal fans at all.
Across the river in Jeffersonville about 50 people boarded the Spirit of Jefferson -- no worries about traffic on the Ohio River.
"Living right here in Jeffersonville... downtown traffic. Also it's fun too to do something a little different," Annie Smith, Spirit of Jefferson passenger, said.
Around 7:30 the crowds made their way into the East entrance of the arena, but they had to leave one item outside. Umbrellas aren't allowed inside the arena and patrons were asked to leave them at the door. Those who didn't carry umbrellas wore ponchos or improvised wearing plastic grocery bags on their heads.
"We parked over by the baseball stadium and walked. You don't mind walking in the rain? No, not to watch Bulter. Ask me about Jackson St. but Butler, we're good." Ed Case said.
The sold-out crowd was not dissappointed as Louisville took home the win, upsetting 16th ranked Butler 88 to 73.