Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium, which opened up in 1924, is one of the oldest stadiums still in use in major college football, and earlier this week renovation plans were approved to bring the stadium up to speed.
The University will use private donations and premium seating revenues to fund the $85 million project, and will not dip into general funds according to CBS Sports.
Among the areas that will get a new look include concessions, restrooms, "concourse traffic flow", and the seating capacity will increase from 35,000 to 40,000 when the project is complete in August of 2015. The actual design work is in the beginning stages, but the renovations will take place on both the east and west sides of Nippert.
A new press box will also go up on the west side, along with new suites, club seats, and a patio / suit box.
"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." athletic director Whit Babcock stated.
The issue of where the Bearcats will play their home games in 2014 remains to be ironed out, but the preliminary outlook is that they will use the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium as their alternate home field.
These renovations will surely give Cinci a competitive edge in recruiting in the new American Athletic Conference to go hand in hand with their on the field success.