The historic Twin Spires above the Churchill Downs grandstand will be aglow in red this weekend in support of Mayor Greg Fischer's Cardinal Red Day. Fischer declared Friday, Apr. 5, Cardinal Red Day in Louisville to honor the University of Louisville's men's and women's basketball teams as they compete in the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Fischer's declaration encourages residents to dress in red and decorate homes and businesses in red in support of the teams.
Churchill Downs lit the Twin Spires in red earlier this year in honor of Go Red For Women and last year lit one spire in red and the other in blue when the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky competed against one another in the Final Four.
The University of Louisville's men's basketball team, the overall number one seed, will meet ninth-seeded Wichita State in the first round of Saturday's Final Four games in Atlanta, Ga. with tip-off at 6:05 p.m. The fifth-seeded University of Louisville's women's basketball team will compete against two-seeded California on Sunday in New Orleans, La. with tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
"We're thrilled to show our support for the University of Louisville, which has been a wonderful neighbor for many years," said Churchill Downs Racetrack president Kevin Flanery. "We have great admiration of their commitment to excellence and the high standards set forth by President James Ramsey, athletic director Tom Jurich and head coaches Rick Pitino and Jeff Walz. We're proud to join many in the community in saluting their outstanding student-athletes, and we wish them the very best in their championship endeavors."
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