request for qualifications (RFQ) for architectural and engineering services for the $65 million expansion of the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium is open through Feb. 15 at 2 P.M.
A proposed new West Pavilion structure of approximately 100,000 square feet and four to five levels – about double the size of the current press box – would replace the existing press box, concession, and restroom facilities with a wider concourse, new box seats, loge boxes and private suites, enlarged restroom and concession areas, and expanded media space.
Tangeman University Center complex, creating a year-round usable space that could be used for meeting rooms or dining.
Approximately 2,000 seats would be added to Nippert's current capacity of 35,097, the lowest in the Big East Conference. The university hopes that the new loge boxes and private seating will generate revenue, donations and corporate sponsorships – money it could use to reinstate scholarships to several sports and make upgrades to the 23-year-old Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.
Construction would take between 12 and 18 months.
A site visit for interested parties is scheduled for Thursday between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M. at the base of the stadium press box.
Built starting in 1915 and completed in 1924, the stadium was last renovated in 1992 when the current press box was added and seats were added to the upper deck along the east sideline.
Renderings from the University of Cincinnati/GoBEARCATS.com
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