Spruced-Up Stadium Gets Ready to Welcome Bearcats

After spending the entire 2014 season at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bearcats are now getting ready to move back home.

After spending the entire 2014 season at Paul Brown Stadium, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats are getting ready to move back home.

With the new college football season just three months away, the university reports that the $86 million Nippert Stadium renovation and expansion project will be complete in time for the season opener against Alabama A&M on Sept. 5.

UC started work on the project in December 2013. In October, the university released renderings for the project, which has three main objectives: to improve the experience for fans, to enhance premium seating options and maintain the stadium’s classic design.

The renovated stadium will open in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of its original construction. It will have a capacity of about 40,000, a new press box on the west side, new concession stands and restrooms on the east side, new lighting poles, new ribbon boards, and premium seating options. The project is also creating Nippert’s first premium seating, including 1,100 scholarship club seats and 53 indoor and outdoor suites.

The concessions and restroom buildings are complete and the lighting poles have been installed. Construction crews are still working on the press box, which is now almost completely enclosed by glass. The structure is almost 130 yards long and stands five stories above the stadium’s concourse. It contains four levels: a press and operations level, suite level, patio suites mezzanine level and scholarship club level.

Heery International worked together with the University of Cincinnati Office of Planning, Design and Construction on the design of the privately funded project. Turner Construction Co. is the construction manager.

Renderings courtesy of University of Cincinnati.