- The Atlantic Coast ConferenceJohn D. Swofford
Fill their college sports vacancy with the University of Louisville.
To show the fan support that the University of Louisville would bring to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- John D. Swofford
The Atlantic Coast Conference
You should accept the University of Louisville as the 14th member of the Atlantic Coast Conference for a variety of reasons:
Our superior caliber and depth of athletic teams - The University of Louisville won 10 Big East Championships last year. Our Baseball, Football, Women's Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball teams all won regular season Big East Championships. Our Men's Basketball, Softball, Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, and Women's Track and Field all won tournament or post season titles. Since joining the Big East in 2005-2006, Louisville has won 50 total Big East Championships. At the time of this petition, Louisville has 9 athletic teams ranked in the top 25 of their respective sports (5 Women's, 4 Men's).
Our superior athletic facilities - The recently built KFC Yum! Center is the best arena to house college athletics in the United States. Between the amenities, seating capacity, and quality of the building, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable college athletic experience.
Our fanbase - The supporters of the University of Louisville Athletic department reach far and wide across the country. The average basketball attendance for 2011-2012 was 21,503 out of 22,090 for about 97% average capacity. We were second to only Syracuse (who averaged 23,618 in the Carrier Dome that seats 33,000 for basketball games- 72% capacity). Our Football average attendance was also second in the Big East for the 2011 season, behind West Virginia. We also travel very well bringing 35,000 fans to Miami for the 2007 Orange Bowl where we defeated Wake Forest. The Men's Basketball team was also chosen by Forbes as the Most Valuable College Basketball team in the country, with a total value of $36.1 million.
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