The stadium’s USD$86m renovation and expansion will increase seating from 35,000 to 40,000.
As Bill Koch reported on the team’s website (GoBEARCATS.com):
It includes a structure on the west side that stretches for almost 130 yards and rises five storeys above the stadium concourse. It contains four levels: a press and operations suite with seating for 100 reporters, a suite level, patio suites level and scholarship club seats level.
UC will go from having almost no premium seating options to the addition of 1,100 scholarship club suites and more than 50 indoor and outdoor suites of varying sizes. In addition, the concourses on both sides of the stadium have been widened and furnished with new restrooms and concession facilities.
Turner Construction is leading the build and have impressed Tuberville with their professionalism and work ethic, as he commented:
They’ve put together what’s going to be, and will be for a long time, the best on-campus and prettiest on-campus stadium that you’ll see. And I’ve been in most of them around the country.
Nippert Stadium is set to reopen on September 5.
Image: Aerial perspective of Nippert Stadium, courtesy: FRCH Design Worldwide.