Wednesday was a historic day for the Louisville Urban League, as the new $53 million indoor sports complex held its first track and field meet.”It really means a lot for the track and field community because we finally have a place where we can go indoors and not be exposed to the elements when it’s winter,” said Bellarmine track student-athlete Shomari Rogers-Walton. That’s just one of the many perks of the new Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in West Louisville. “It’s a game-changer for track and field, not only in Louisville but in the state of Kentucky,” said Bellarmine men’s cross-country and track and field head coach Chase Broughton. The University of Louisville hosted the first indoor meet, the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational, at the facility on Wednesday. The four-team event featured not only the Cards, but also Bellarmine, EKU and Notre Dame.”I know our kids have been looking forward to it ever since we found out for sure that this was happening,” Broughton said. The Louisville Urban League broke ground on the facility in 2019. And now, ASM Global-Louisville General Manager Eric Granger says the indoor facility is booked through March. “Just shows you how successful this facility’s going to be,” Granger said. The goal is to not just host successful competitions, it’s also to make a difference in kids’ lives. “When I get older, I want to coach track and field,” Rogers-Walton said. “So it really means a lot that I’m able to come out here and perform for the youth and they can see that it’s possible to do the same things I’m doing.”Broughton believes the new facility will have a positive impact on kids as well.”Having it here in the city is going to get a lot more kids opportunities to start competing at a younger, earlier age,” Broughton said. Click on the video above for more.

Wednesday was a historic day for the Louisville Urban League, as the new $53 million indoor sports complex held its first track and field meet.

“It really means a lot for the track and field community because we finally have a place where we can go indoors and not be exposed to the elements when it’s winter,” said Bellarmine track student-athlete Shomari Rogers-Walton.

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That’s just one of the many perks of the new Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in West Louisville.

“It’s a game-changer for track and field, not only in Louisville but in the state of Kentucky,” said Bellarmine men’s cross-country and track and field head coach Chase Broughton.

The University of Louisville hosted the first indoor meet, the Lenny Lyles Cardinal Invitational, at the facility on Wednesday.

The four-team event featured not only the Cards, but also Bellarmine, EKU and Notre Dame.

“I know our kids have been looking forward to it ever since we found out for sure that this was happening,” Broughton said.

The Louisville Urban League broke ground on the facility in 2019.

And now, ASM Global-Louisville General Manager Eric Granger says the indoor facility is booked through March.

“Just shows you how successful this facility’s going to be,” Granger said.

The goal is to not just host successful competitions, it’s also to make a difference in kids’ lives.

“When I get older, I want to coach track and field,” Rogers-Walton said. “So it really means a lot that I’m able to come out here and perform for the youth and they can see that it’s possible to do the same things I’m doing.”

Broughton believes the new facility will have a positive impact on kids as well.

“Having it here in the city is going to get a lot more kids opportunities to start competing at a younger, earlier age,” Broughton said.

Click on the video above for more.

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