82nd Airborne Presented by Louisville Downtown Partnership and KFC Yum! Center

82nd Airborne Presented by Louisville Downtown Partnership and KFC Yum! Center

Publication Date: 08-01-2016


U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus to Perform on KFC Yum! Center Plaza August 10th


Sandra Moran

Marketing Director

(502) 991-1546

Deanna Southerling

Marketing/Social Media Specialist

(502) 690-9014


Louisville, KY (Aug. 1, 2016) – The 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus will hold a free performance on the KFC Yum! Center’s Norton Healthcare Plaza for the Louisville community on Wednesday, August 10th from 11:30AM-1PM.  The chorus, which was first formed in 1964 and is comprised of 16 soldiers who have other roles throughout the division, has been recognized internationally for its spirited performances of military songs and pop hits like “American Soldier”, “Stand By Me” and “My Girl”. Originally started with the humble purpose of singing at Sunday services in the Division Chapel, the chorus has grown in popularity and gone on to perform at several professional and college sporting events and for various international dignitaries. In addition to the chorus’s performance, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with the service members and learn more about the Division’s service history. “Where Opportunity Knox” will be on hand to discuss their program, which seeks to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville region by 2017. The event is sponsored by the KFC Yum! Center and Louisville Downtown Partnership.

Attendees will have several food and beverage options at the event. The Louisville Water Company will be on-site keeping the audience hydrated with complimentary pure tap water as guests enjoy various food offerings from the 502 Café and El Mambo food trucks. Both food trucks will offer a military discount to former and current service members.

The event will kick off the 82nd Airborne Division Association’s 70th National Convention, which is being hosted by the Kentucky Airborne Chapter at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport and is expected to draw hundreds of supporters to Louisville for the event.  The 82nd Airborne Division is an elite Airborne Infantry Division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is the most highly-trained light infantry division in the world. Because of the exciting travel and performance opportunities afforded to chorus members, roles in the All American Chorus are highly sought after. Members of the chorus are selected from the division by auditioning and completing a 30-day probationary period, during which time they must test on 7 songs each week.  Once they pass the final week, they are an official member of the All American Chorus.

The 82nd Airborne Division Association is an international organization for former and current members of the division and other airborne and special operation units that seeks to foster relationships between current and past Airborne forces and maintain a record of the history and accomplishments of Airborne Troopers, amongst other support and recognition purposes.

As part of the convention, residents in Louisville and southern Indiana are also invited to see over 15082nd Airborne Division paratroopers in action when they parachute into Clark County Regional Airport on August 11th at 11AM to officially kick off the convention.

About Louisville Downtown Partnership

LDP drives economic growth in Downtown and adjacent central-city neighborhoods for the benefit of the entire region, as well as oversees multiple on-street enhancements that help establish Downtown Louisville’s distinctive character and widespread appeal.  LDP believes the economic engine of any great city starts with a strong Downtown. For more information, go to: www.louisvilledowntown.org.
LDP can be contacted at 556 S. Fourth Street; Louisville, KY 40202; (502) 584-6000.

About KFC Yum! Center

The KFC Yum! Center is Louisville’s newest multi-purpose arena that boasts a total of 721,762 square feet while offering an arena bowl exceeding 22,000 seats and four meeting rooms spanning approximately 34,000 square feet all within walking distance of more than 4,200 hotel rooms in downtown Louisville. It is home to the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball programs and is ideal for concerts, conventions, corporate events, family shows, ice shows, wrestling and more. The KFC Yum! Center is a state of the art facility with advance technology capabilities that is owned by the Louisville Arena Authority and managed by AEG Worldwide. For more information, visit www.kfcyumcenter.com.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world.  AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX), Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda Coliseum (Oakland, CA), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), LeSports Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ülker Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visitaegworldwide.com.

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