UC Releases New Renderings for Nippert Stadium Renovation Project

Bearcat fans rejoiced on Thursday, October 3, as the University of Cincinnati released new renderings and floor plans for the Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion project on Thursday, October 3. At a cost of $86 million, the privately funded project is scheduled to start construction in mid-December, this year. It is expected to be completed in August 2015.

Bearcat fans rejoiced on Oct. 3 as the University of Cincinnati released new renderings and floor plans for the Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion project. At a cost of $86 million, the privately funded project is scheduled to start construction in mid-December and is expected to be completed in August 2015.

Last year, USA Today called Nippert Stadium “the best stadium in the Big East Conference.” It’s the conference’s smallest stadium but also one of the oldest. Its construction started in 1915 and ended in 1924. At that time, the stadium had a capacity of only 12,000. It was renovated several times over the years and expanded to its current 35,000 seats.

The latest renovation will increase its capacity to about 40,000. It calls for the construction of a new press box on the west side, including new suites, scholarship club seats and loge boxes/patio suites. The west concourse will also be renovated. On the east side of the stadium, the university will expand concessions and restrooms and build skywalks to connect the upper deck with the game-day plaza on O’Varsity Way.

Heery International is the architect of record for the project, working in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati Office of Planning, Design and Construction. The Turner Construction Co. will be the construction manager, while Architecture Research Office will serve as the design architect. As design for the project is ongoing, final renderings will be released as they become available.

“As we promised back in June, we wanted to share with the Bearcat Family the exciting progress being made in the stadium design,” UC Athletics Director Whit Babcock said in a statement for the press. “As these renderings demonstrate, Nippert Stadium will add another signature facility in the heart of our beautiful campus. There will be some more tweaks and changes regarding design in the coming months. These renderings are close to final but still conceptual at this point.”

The Cincinnati Bearcats will play the 2014 season at Paul Brown Stadium. They will return to Nippert for the 2015 season, in time to celebrate 100 years since construction first started on the stadium.

Renderings courtesy of University of Cincinnati.