The new Louisville Downtown Arena is set to open in November, 2010. It will be the home of both the mens and womens University of Louisville basketball teams as well as countless concerts, horse shows, and other sporting events. It is set to become one of the largest college sports venues in the country. The inspiration for the arena came from current University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who in the past ten years has put the University of Louisville athletic program "on the map." The venue is being used as a recruiting tool for young athletes who have great potental in basketball, football, and cheerleading. This arena will take the place of the current University of Louisville basketball home, Freedom Hall. Freedom Hall is the most historic college venue in America. Hosting basketball games for 54 years and counting, it's reputation of being nothing short of spectacular is most certainly true. Today, areans across the country put in bids to host the national semi-finals and championship game up to ten years before the games are held. In the 1960s, Freedom Hall hosted six of the ten final four regionals. That statistic, my friends, is impressive. Many memories were shared by Louisville Cardinals fans in Freedom Hall, and many will be shared in the New Downtown Arena which is yet to have been named.