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There is no official word from the university, but sources tell FOX19 that a fundraising campaign is about the begin in order to upgrade UC's football field. It is estimated that $60-70 million is neededMore >>
There is no official word from the university, but sources tell FOX19 that a fundraising campaign is about the begin in order to upgrade UC's football field.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The University of Cincinnati department of athletics released new renderings of the Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion Project.
Construction on the $86 million, privately funded project, is scheduled to begin in mid-December 2013 and be completed in August of 2015.
The expanded renovation focuses on both the east and west side of the stadium and will increase the stadium's capacity to approximately 40,000.
On the west side, a new press box structure will be built, adding suites, scholarship club seats and loge boxes/patio suites. The west concourse will also be renovated, including concession stands and restrooms. Changes on the east side include expanded concessions and restroom offerings, including the building of skywalks to connect the upper deck with the gameday plaza on O'Varsity Way.
The new west-side structure would be approximately one and one-half stories taller than the current press box and approximately 130 yards long. The curvature of the facility would match that of the upper deck on the east side of the stadium and contain four levels; a press and operations level, suite level, scholarship club level, and patio suites mezzanine level.
Nearing the close of its 112th season, Nippert Stadium is the venerable home of the University of Cincinnati football team and provides the Bearcats with one of the best home-field environments in college football.
Working in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati Office of Planning, Design and Construction, the Architect of Record for the project is Heery International. Heery's sports facilities specialists have completed more than 220 stadium and arena projects worth more than $3 billion.
The construction manager will be Turner Construction Company.