USF football stadium on campus ‘is going to happen,’ says Jeff Scott

TAMPA — As USF administrators sort through proposals for the Bulls’ on-campus football stadium, coach Jeff Scott is limited in what he can say publicly.

Except for this: he thinks the long-awaited facility is going to be built.

“They’re not trying to see if this can happen, or if we can make it happen and how much money do we need…” Scott said Wednesday as the Bulls prepared to open preseason camp. . “It will happen.”

Design and construction companies had until July 22 to submit bids, with official presentations taking place later this month. The objective is to have the project approved by the board of directors at its meeting on September 6. Administrators lobbied for the stadium to be open for the 2026 season.

USF has been silent on many details, including the budget ($350 million is a rough estimate) and where that money is coming from. Details on the competing bids won’t become public until later either.

Scott said he expects more announcements later this year — maybe even new renders. Until then, he remains “very excited about everything I’ve seen and heard.”

“The most important thing is that it’s not whether it’s going to happen or not,” Scott reiterated. “It will happen.”

Scott also provided an update on another major facilities project, the indoor practice facility. He said he will be ready “sometime this fall”, hopefully around the team’s opening date of October 22.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Scott said.

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