is a multipurpose arena
in Louisville, Kentucky
on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center
, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
. The maximum capacity of the arena is 19,200 for concerts, and 18,865 for basketball. While it is used to host a variety of events, it is most famous for its use as a basketball
arena, most notably serving as the basketball home of the University of Louisville
Cardinals, and for one game per season as an alternate home court for the University of Kentucky
Wildcats. The Cardinals started playing basketball there in December 1956 with a contest against the University of Notre Dame
, both of whom are now full-time members of the Big East Conference
. Their first full season in the facility was the following season. In addition to being the home of the Cardinals, Freedom Hall has hosted NCAA Tournament
games ten times, including six Final Fours
between 1958 and 1969. The arena has also hosted 11 conference tournaments, nine Metr
New Albany, Indiana
is the county seat
of Floyd County
, situated along the Ohio River
opposite Louisville, Kentucky
. New Albany was founded in July 1813 when three brothers from New York
- Joel, Abner, and Nathaniel Scribner - arrived at the Falls of the Ohio
and named the site after Albany
, the state capital of New York. The Scribner House
still stands. The steamboat industry was the engine of the city's economy during the mid-19th century. At least a half-dozen shipbuilders were in operation, and turned out a multitude of steamboats, including the Robert E. Lee. Prior to the American Civil War, it was the most populous city in Indiana.
New Albany feature three separate Federal historic districts: East Spring Street Historic District, Mansion Row Historic District, and the New Albany Downtown Historic District.
On this day in Louisville history...
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
is a state park
. It is located in Bardstown
. The state park consists of Federal Hill
, a former plantation owned by the Rowan family. A visit to the site in 1852 is said to have inspired Stephen Foster
to write his famous song, My Old Kentucky Home
. On June 1
, 1992, a 29-cent stamp was issued honoring the park.
The park features an amphitheater that is home to the long-running outdoor musical, Stephen Foster — The Musical, which was usually staged each night except Monday during the summer. It is the longest running outdoor drama in the state of Kentucky, having started in 1959.
- "It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville." – Paul Hornung
- "It's important to support this because of what happened right here. It's like living in Louisville and someone never having been to the Derby. I don't think a lot of people realize what goes on here." – Mark Wells
- "As the state's biggest city, Louisville sets the precedent." – Mike Kuntz