There’s just something about an on-campus festive game day atmosphere in college football.
And Skip Holtz knows it. He believes there is merit to an in-depth study about construction a new stadium that could have an enormous effect on the entire university.
Holtz, heading into his second year at the South Florida head coach, told CBS Sports writer Brett McMurphy, "If done right, yes, I would be in favor of an on-campus stadium."
For years, the Bulls have played their home games at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Bucs. It’s a great venue, but makes it very difficult for USF to make any meaningful profit off the game day experience.
Holtz says, "It's a very difficult economic time for a lot of universities and a lot of people. You have to be considerate of that with what you're going through. Is now the right time? Let's look at that and find out. It may be a little harder to raise [the funds] now, but it's also cheaper to build."
Miami (FL), Pitt, San Diego State, and Tulane also play their home games in NFL stadiums.
The average home attendance at South Florida last year was 40,849.
52,553 average attendance - 2009
49,690 average attendance - 2008
53,170 average attendance - 2007
30,222 average attendance - 2006
38,865 average attendance - 2005