On-campus football stadium part of USF’s new master plan

TAMPA, Fla. — In the coming years, USF has big plans to complete what they call an athletic district. The centerpiece will be the opening of a new football stadium in the fall of 2026.

“We’ve never been this far,” said USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly. “So it’s very encouraging, not just as an athletic director here to see that kind of vision and focus and support, but as vice-president of this university.”

The football stadium is part of the master plan released Thursday which also includes a new lacrosse stadium and tennis facility.

The Bulls have played football at Raymond James Stadium since the program began in 1997, but there has always been talk of moving the team to campus in hopes it will bring new life and energy.

The stadium will be adjacent to the $22 million indoor training facility which is expected to be ready this fall.

“My goal and my job is to make sure our football team rises alongside our football facilities and our master plan here, and I feel like the two are working hand in hand,” said coach Jeff Scott.

USF is in the process of selecting the companies that will design and build the new stadium.

Next comes the process of creating the plans, budget, and fundraising to make it all happen.

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