Negotiations for USF’s proposed football stadium on campus are still ongoing, a week past the Bulls’ target date to award the project to a company.
Three companies – Hunt Construction Group, Barton Malow Builders and MA Mortenson Company – submitted proposals by the July 22 deadline. The Tampa Bay Times requested these documents through a public registration request, as proposals and offers are generally available 30 days after they are opened or when a decision is made. In this case, the bids are not yet public, according to USF, because the Bulls have not yet received any definitive answers in negotiations.
The ongoing discussions are not a surprise. Although USF originally listed August 19 as the “intent to award” date, that part of the timeline has always been fluid.
Any decision must be finalized by the school’s board of trustees, which is expected to discuss the matter at its regular September 6 meeting in St. Petersburg.
The negotiations are the latest phase in the school’s stadium saga that has been going on for years. In 2014, the Bulls announced that they would launch a formal study to determine how much a stadium would cost and where it would go. This spring, USF recommended a site just north of the team’s training grounds.
USF administrators have said they would like to open the stadium in 2026. They have not yet provided a budget for the building or detailed how it will be paid for. This is one of the reasons they are asking for proposals through invitations to negotiate – so they can better understand the potential costs of a 35,000 seater stadium.
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