Friday, August 21, 2015

Louisville and Indiana to Play Three-Game Series in Basketball and Football

Louisville and Indiana will play a three-game football and basketball series beginning in 2016.

In basketball, the two teams will meet in a neutral site game at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis on December 31, 2016.

On December 9, 2017, the Hoosiers will travel to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

Louisville will head to Assembly Hall in Bloomington on December 8, 2018.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Indiana University and the University of Louisville have signed an agreement to play a three-game series in both football and men’s basketball. The football and basketball series were announced jointly on Friday by the schools from neighboring states with campuses separated by only 100 miles.

A neutral site game at Bankers Life Arena in Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2016, will open the men’s basketball series in an equally divided arena. The Cardinals and Hoosiers will later play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville as a home game for UofL on Dec. 9, 2017, and the teams will match up again in Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Dec. 8, 2018.

Indiana and Louisville will kick off the football series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 16, 2023 with seating split equally between the two schools. The second football game will be played in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on Sept. 7, 2024 and the three-game series will be completed at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Sept. 6, 2025.

“I’ve felt for a long time that these series were a natural for fans from both universities and I’m thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We appreciate the efforts of Fred Glass and his staff in helping to pull this together. We have played each other in most sports and it has been a very friendly rivalry. There are a lot of fans in Southern Indiana that support both schools who I know will particularly enjoy the competition.”

“These series are tremendous for the football and basketball programs at both schools,” said Fred Glass, IU Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Our alumni, fans, and students will be thrilled to compete against such strong programs. I really want to thank Tom Jurich and the head coaches from both schools for working with us to make these great series a reality.”

“The Louisville series will be a great challenge for us.” said Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. “The preparation and execution needed to compete against Rick Pitino and his team is extraordinary. We are excited about the opportunity to face them on a consistent basis and the chance for both schools’ fan bases to watch this series take off again is exciting. That first game on New Year’s Eve next year should be special.”

“We have tremendous respect for Indiana and all of their sports programs,” said Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. “We’re very excited to have Indiana on our schedule. It’s a natural rivalry and it’s great for both universities. Tom (Crean) and I spoke about possible future games while we were together at a function last fall and I’m glad to see that it has become a reality.”

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