Nippert Stadium renovation begins

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Renovations to Nippert Stadium began on Monday at the University of Cincinnati.

Construction on the $86 million, privately funded project is scheduled to be completed in August of 2015.

The Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion Project focuses on both the east and west side of the stadium and will increase the stadium's capacity to approximately 40,000.

On the west side, a new press box structure will be built, adding suites, scholarship club seats and loge boxes/patio suites. The west concourse will also be renovated, including concession stands and restrooms. Changes on the east side include expanded concessions and restroom offerings, including the building of skywalks to connect the upper deck with the gameday plaza on O'Varsity Way.

The new west-side structure would be approximately one and one-half stories taller than the current press box and approximately 130 yards long. The curvature of the facility would match that of the upper deck on the east side of the stadium and contain four levels; a press and operations level, suite level, scholarship club level, and patio suites mezzanine level.

Nearing the close of its 112th season, Nippert Stadium is the home of the University of Cincinnati football team and provides the Bearcats with one of the best home-field environments in college football.

To view more renderings of the renovation project, click here.

You can keep track of the stadium's renovations by watching's live Nippert Construction Cam.

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