Cincinnati continues a very eventful few weeks with big stadium news
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
Cincinnati has had arguably one of the busiest few weeks of any school in the country.
First, they wrap up a share of the Big East title, then Butch Jones is approached with numerous head coaching opportunities spanning from the Big Ten to the Pac 12, before finally landing in the SEC with Tennessee.
A few days later the Bearcats land a proven coach and winner in Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville, who immediately energized the fan base and walked into his first team meeting to a standing ovation.
Many of their most recent moves, including landing a big name coach like Tubs, likely have been made with the end goal of moving to a different conference, such as the ACC.
Earlier today the University announced a plan to launch a private fund-raising effort for a renovation of Nippert Stadium that will cost $60-$70 million. Cinci President Santa Ono told Cincinnati.com that he didn't promise Tuberville any renovations during the interview process, but the proposed plans will no doubt make the Bearcats more attractive in their quest to join another conference.
The Business Courier of Cincinnati reports that the stadium will add 28 luxury seats and 1,400 premium seats on the west end of the stadium. The plan for those renovations would replace the current press box and enclosed donor suite, although no final plans have been set in stone at this point.
The University plans to use donations, naming rights, and ticket revenue to help finance the renovations and will surely help the University take a step in the right direction in order to put them in an optimal position to be a very marketable and attractive option for other conferences.