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Cincinnati stadium getting renovated for 2015 season

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03:41 PM ET 06.25 | The University of Cincinnati will renovate Nippert Stadium following the 2013 season, and the $80 million project should be ready for the start of the 2015 season. Nippert is one of the oldest stadiums in the country, and will turn 100 when the project is completed in 2015. The stadium will hold approximately 40,000 after it is completed. The Bearcats tried to use the stadium renovation plans as an incentive for other conferences to extend them an invitation, but they will continue in the American Athletic Conference (former Big East) for the foreseeable future.

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, Joe Robbins Joe Robbins
June 25, 2013  04:25 PM ET

I hope they are paying as they go. Don't want to be swamped in debt like the Vols.

June 25, 2013  04:48 PM ET
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I hope they are paying as they go. Don't want to be swamped in debt like the Vols.

With the Big East TV money they should be able to retire the debt somewhere around 2050.

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June 25, 2013  10:30 PM ET
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Cincy will never be big time ever. The football stadium is a dump and stop putting lipstick on a pig. Build a new fricking staduium in Burnet Woods. Ever since that stupid broad President fired Bob Huggins for calling her a c u - t Cincy basketball has been a joke especially now with that little elf midget Cronin running things badly.

Yeah, Huggins puking down his car door when he got pulled over had nothing to do with him getting fired....

June 25, 2013  11:08 PM ET

Wait a minute! Did I read that correctly? The stadium will hold 40k AFTER the $80 million renovation?! EIGHTY MILLION for a 40k seat stadium?! Who the hell is renovating it, freakin' Halliburton?!

June 26, 2013  07:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I hope they are paying as they go. Don't want to be swamped in debt like the Vols.

Amen.

June 26, 2013  07:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Wait a minute! Did I read that correctly? The stadium will hold 40k AFTER the $80 million renovation?! EIGHTY MILLION for a 40k seat stadium?! Who the hell is renovating it, freakin' Halliburton?!

Stunner, eh?

June 26, 2013  07:48 AM ET
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Wait a minute! Did I read that correctly? The stadium will hold 40k AFTER the $80 million renovation?! EIGHTY MILLION for a 40k seat stadium?! Who the hell is renovating it, freakin' Halliburton?!

I've walked around this stadium.....it has a lot or character, and it is a big part of the campus, as the students walk through a portion of the stadium to get to classes. It is a nice stadium, even though it is very old, and renovating a 100 year old building takes money to update.

June 26, 2013  08:11 AM ET
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Cincy will never be big time ever. The football stadium is a dump and stop putting lipstick on a pig. Build a new fricking staduium in Burnet Woods. Ever since that stupid broad President fired Bob Huggins for calling her a c u - t Cincy basketball has been a joke especially now with that little elf midget Cronin running things badly.

APPARENTLY you do noy know very much about the staduim or the team.....so you just spew crap out of your pie-hole.....just another moron

June 26, 2013  08:15 AM ET
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I've walked around this stadium.....it has a lot or character, and it is a big part of the campus, as the students walk through a portion of the stadium to get to classes. It is a nice stadium, even though it is very old, and renovating a 100 year old building takes money to update.

Yea TZ the staduim is really a great place to watch a game you are right on top of the action. Really $80 mil is not that much for this Old staduim to bring it up to the times, considering the video screen there putting up at the Boilerhouse endzone will be almost 3mil alone.

June 26, 2013  08:28 AM ET
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Wait a minute! Did I read that correctly? The stadium will hold 40k AFTER the $80 million renovation?! EIGHTY MILLION for a 40k seat stadium?! Who the hell is renovating it, freakin' Halliburton?!

I was wondering if the US Gubmint had picked up some construction work on the side, to try to help pay the bills.

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June 26, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Hugs ate some bad mexican food

Yeah, it was probably Mexican, but not food.


Tequila.

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June 26, 2013  09:59 AM ET

"The stadium will hold approximately 40,000 after it is completed."

Slight correction: "...will BE ABLE TO hold...." Whether they can actually get that many people to show up is another matter.

June 26, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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If Bob Huggins was still at Cincinnati the Bearcats would be in the ACC or the Big Ten conference

Don't know about that, but Huggins is one heck of a HC. Lots of baggage, kept him from getting the OSU gig before Matta.

Nippert stadium currently holds 35,000+ so the $80 mil will add less then 5,000 seats. The money must be going for some big-time boxes for the fat-cats plus overall stadium improvement. I'm still not sure how Tuberville will do as the HC, I suspect he'll bolt for the first job in the SEC that he can get.

June 26, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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UC's football stadium is a dump falling apart middle of campus with no parking. Talk about drab and dull then Columbia probably has a better stadium. Cincy deserves a new stadium once they ever get in a better league. It is embarrassing that the administration at Cincy has let Athletics fall out of a marquee conference. Maybe if UC could raise their academic standards to a higher lever other marquee conference would accept Cincy. Renovating a crumbling dump run down dilapidated old hole isn't money well spent.

Before you spue more garbage .....maybe you ought to do your research on the subject of Academics at UC.......The Princeton reveiw of the top colleges in the US has them ranked among the best for academics and graduation.

June 26, 2013  11:41 AM ET

Here's whats it all about:


An $86 million expansion of Nippert Stadium is essentially paid for after the University of Cincinnati secured buyers for 18 private suites and hundreds of club seats, plus $10 million in private donations.

Those buyers will provide enough money to pay off the bonds UC will issue to pay for construction, so UC trustees formally launched the project Tuesday.

Construction will start in December, immediately after the 2013 season ends, and will be done in time for the 2015 season.

UC is talking to the Bengals about playing at Paul Brown Stadium for the 2014 season.

Tuition dollars won't be used for the project.

With about 40,000 seats, an expanded Nippert will be a new centerpiece for UC's main campus, highlighted by a new pavilion on the stadium's west side.

The new pavilion will include the boxes and club seats, plus a skywalk into Tangeman University Center.

The project also includes an expanded concourse, restrooms and concessions on the east side.

"This is a statement about the strength of our university and our support from our fans and our alumni," UC President Santa Ono said.

As UC raises more money, the project could provide millions in new dollars for the athletic department to invest in other sports or facilities, Athletic Director Whit Babcock said.

"We've got it to a point where if we started today, we will make more than we owe on the facility," Babcock said. "Now we need to keep going."

The club seats committed so far, with access to an indoor club room, will bring in about $2.5 million per year over the 20-year bond payoff, while the 18 suites will bring in nearly $2 million a year.

The project also is bound to make UC more attractive to other sports conferences, such as the the Atlantic Coast Conference, UC's preferred destination.

UC will sell naming rights to the new pavilion, but the stadium "will always be Nippert Stadium," Babcock has said.

Expanding Nippert, nestled in the heart of UC's main campus, will help UC athletics maintain a campus atmosphere for football fans that Babcock called "part of our brand."

It also means UC can keep concession revenues and signs for its athletic sponsors in its own stadium.

"This is a unique way to literally tie it to campus," Babcock said.

 
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