Poised to become one of the premiere programs in the newly formed American Athletic Conference, Cincinnati is putting its best foot forward. The school recently announced an $80-85 million renovation plan to Nippert Stadium, and perhaps not a moment too soon. First constructed way back in 1915, the home of the Bearcats is one of the oldest in the nation and it has not been upgraded at all since 1992.
Athletic director Whit Babcock is thrilled with the potential for increased revenue, as well as school pride the improved stadium will bring.
“This transformational campaign will allow us to create critical new revenue streams to benefit all 19 sports programs through the sale of premium seating opportunities while also improving a variety of fan amenities such as concessions, restrooms, and concourse traffic flow,” Babcock said in a statement. “Every fan, donor, alumnus and student who attends a game beginning in 2015 will benefit from the scope of this project.
“This project exemplifies our desire to develop a top-notch college football gameday experience and compete with the nation’s elite. We are going to enhance an already-strong home-field advantage by wrapping in the west side of the stadium. Nippert Stadium is an integral part of our brand at UC and this project should make a strong statement as to our overall direction as a department and University. Our future is bright and it’s a dynamic time to be a Bearcat.”
Construction is slated to begin after the 2013 season, the team’s first under newly-hired coach Tommy Tuberville. It should be completely finished in time for the Bearcats’ 2015 campaign. Aside from the upgraded amenities Babcock mentions, the plan also calls for 5,000 more seats, which will bring capacity above 40,000.
The video below does a great job outlining the plan, as well as stoking a little excitement under the Bearcats fan base.
[Video via CincinnatiBearcats]