Gates to reopen August 2015 with new four-story pavilion that wraps around the stadium’s west side
Starting with the 2015 football season, catching a game at UC’s historic Nippert Stadium will take on a whole new feel — especially for those cheering from one of the facility’s brand new suites or club seats.
Private donations and strong presales of premium seating will allow the $86 million renovation project to start in December 2013 following UC’s final home game. Highlighted by a new four-story pavilion that will wrap around the stadium’s west side, construction will last about 20 months so the gates can reopen by August 2015.
Upon returning, visitors will find a new press box and space for private suites, indoor club seating, as well as loge boxes. Total additional seating is expected to hit around 5,000, which will take a sell-out crowd at UC to roughly 40,000. Besides the new pavilion, the west concourse will also be renovated, including concession stands and restrooms. Improvements on the east side will include expanded and additional concession and restroom facilities along with enhanced spectator traffic flow by way of new skywalk connectors from the upper deck of the stadium to O’Varsity Way’s brick plaza, next to Sheakley Lawn. Those areas, according to renderings, would become part of an expanded eastside concourse available during games.