“The team name Louisville Lightning was owner Wayne Estopinal’s idea as a shout out to the city’s former professional indoor soccer team, the Louisville Thunder back in the ’80s,” said David Horne,, general manager of the Louisville Lightning.
Established in 2009, the Louisville Lightning is in its second season after finishing its inaugural season in the Eastern Division of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL). Last year, five members of the Lightning were awarded all-league honors including PASL Coach of the Year to former coach Scott Budnick.
Incorporating soccer into a younger demographic with a, family-friendly spin is a winning combination.
“It’s popular with families but also with the 20-something young professionals and sports enthusiasts looking for something social to do to start their Friday night,” Horne said.
The completely renovated Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex hosts home games. With a new entrance, restrooms,, party rooms and a VIP viewing area, fans or newbies are certainly in for a first-class experience.
With a packed house averaging 1,000 spectators per game, fans can expect a high-energy atmosphere with no shortage of crowds in the super fan area referred to as, “Thunder Zone.”
If you’re not sure about foam fingers and painted faces, have no fear. The non-stop action includes a DJ and emcee to keep the momentum going on and off the turf. This past Friday, The Voice-Tribune’s own Angie Fenton hosted a crowd pleasing “Dougie Dance-off Contest” during halftime.
The kid zone offers a fun and safe place for the kiddos to hang while the grown-ups are enjoying the beer garden.
“We’re encouraging fans to “˜white out’ the (San Diego) Sockers by wearing white., The U of L men’s soccer team will be in attendance to be honored at halftime, and of course Santa Claus will be in the house,” Horne said.
So thunder or lightning, this Friday night hang-out is anything but frightening.
General admission tickets can be purchased online at www.louisvillelightning.com or by calling (502) 896-2412 .
The spacious Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex.
VIP Parking can be purchased, but free parking is available at King Fish with shuttles running to the arena.
Depending on what side you are on. Roaring applause from bleachers in the “Thunder Zone” or kids laughing in the kids center.
The next home game is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, against the San Diego Sockers. Louisville Lightning’s last home game will be against the Ohio Vortex on Feb. 25.
photos courtesy of Patti Holmes and Dick Arnspiger | Creative Images
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Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.