USF Committee Recommends Site for On-Campus Football Stadium, $5 Million Donation Announced to Advance Project I USF News

The University of South Florida’s vision to build an on-campus football stadium took a big step forward today, with a recommended site selected and a $5 million donation for the project announced.

During an update from the USF Board of Directors (BOT), the co-chairs of the committee developing the stadium plans walked through each of the five possible locations explored, then shared that the committee narrowed down the List to one – the Sycamore Fields site on the east side of the Tampa campus – for further study.

The location, which is currently used for intramural sports, is within the USF Athletics District and is near its operations facility and the new indoor performance facility. Located near student housing and parking, with multiple options for tailgating space, the site offers the opportunity to enhance the campus experience to create a deeper sense of community and connection to the university.

“The stadium’s impact on the University of South Florida campus will be transformational in ways that will extend far beyond football,” said USF President Rhea Law. “Choosing a location with strong connectivity to other important areas of campus supports our vision for a project that helps energize the overall university experience. Our recommended site will provide students, faculty, staff, alumni, and surrounding communities with a place to come together, develop stronger relationships, and create memories across generations.

The committee will return to the BOT at a later date for site approval after additional analysis, such as further site assessment, campus master plan review, and further traffic study.

“Sycamore Fields is not only the location of the stadium that has the most advantages, but it is arguably the most historically appropriate,” said vice president of athletics Michael Kelly. “Our football program was literally born on these grounds a quarter century ago, and they served as our primary training and development area for more than a decade as USF football grew. importance at the national level at an unprecedented rate. The fact that the stadium resides in an area which has this history and which is also within our current athletics footprint, alongside many other sporting facilities and parking, is a tremendous opportunity to build on our tradition. very intelligently.

During the BOT meeting, USF Foundation CEO Jay Stroman also announced a $5 million donation for the on-campus stadium from longtime college supporters Frank and Carol Morsani. They were key figures behind the formation of USF football in the 1990s and the Bulls football team trains at the Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex which opened in 2011.

“We have loved watching Bulls football over the past 25 years and are delighted to be making the first donation to the stadium,” said Carol and Frank Morsani. “A stadium on campus elevates not only our athletic programs, but our entire university. We look forward to others joining us in making a financial commitment that will help make this project a reality.

The Morsanis’ first gift to USF came in 1978, and their philanthropy has helped elevate programs across the university, including the USF Health College of Medicine that bears their name.

“We are truly grateful to Carol and Frank for once again helping the university achieve an ambitious goal – a football stadium right here on our campus,” Stroman said. “Just as their past support has helped USF Health Morsani College of Medicine thrive in the 21st century, this gift will inspire and benefit our entire USF community.”

Kelly and Stroman, who are co-chairs of the committee, also briefed administrators on the schedule for the stadium project, which includes options for completion in 2026 or 2027.

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