Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium renovations take shape
January 19, 2014 by Mark
Renovations have begun on Nippert Stadium, located on the University of Cincinnati campus, as of late last month. The project is privately funded and is estimated to cost approximately $86m, with a target completion date of August 2015.
Whit Babcock, the university’s athletics director, has been keeping the public updated about the project. In October, 2013, he released renderings showing fans what the new stadium will look like and noted that although there would be some small design changes, the drawings were very close to being finalized. Now, the waiting is over and the renovations have begun.
Renovations will include a new press box built on the west side, as well as loge boxes, suites, and scholarship club seats. The concourse on the west will also be remodeled to improve restrooms and concession stands. Restroom and concession stands on the east side will also be renovated, and skywalks will be built as well. These will connect the plaza on O’Varsity Way where fans gather on game days to the upper deck. Overall, the renovation will add enough room to bring the structure’s capacity to 40,000.
Nippert Stadium’s construction started in 1915 and was finished in 1924, though the university’s teams had been playing on the site since 1901. Nippert is thus the second-oldest college football playing location in the country, behind Penn State’s Franklin Field, which has been used since 1895.
Since the university is committed to keeping the public informed about construction, it could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents, detailing the latest projects.