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Cardinal Stadium parking lots will be open 5 hours prior to kickoff

Saturday’s experiment was sort of wash. Pun intended.

Kentucky Wesleyan v Louisville Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After opening the parking lots at noon on Saturday and seeing (for a number of reasons) little response, Louisville announced Monday that the Cardinal Stadium lots will be open five hours prior to kickoff for the rest of the 2018 season.

Parking lots for the University of Louisville home football games will open five hours prior to kickoff for the remainder of the season, including 2:30 p.m. for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky.

However, entrance to the lots may be extended to seven hours before kickoff for the Cardinals’ Sept. 29 game versus Florida State and the Nov. 24 contest against Kentucky should those games be set for an afternoon or evening kickoff.

The Cardinals host Western Kentucky Saturday at 7:30 p.m., on the Regional Sports Network.

I think this is the smart move.

When fans have been clamoring for the lots to be opened earlier in the past, it’s typically been for games like Clemson or Florida State, not Indiana State in the middle of a Category 3 hurricane. For 95 percent of Louisville fans, four and a half hours of tailgating for all non-Florida State and Kentucky home games will be more than enough. And if it’s not, there are plenty of areas around the stadium to hang out with other fans until you have the chance to park your car in the green lot.

The key here is leaving the door open for extended tailgating against Florida State or Clemson. If the FSU game winds up being a late kickoff, there are those who are going to want to be in their spots around noon. Thankfully, it looks like they’re going to have that opportunity.