USF has a recommended site for the on-campus football stadium

The USF on-campus football stadium committee has decided on a recommended site to build the facility: behind the current football practice fields.

The recommendation, made by athletic director Michael Kelly and USF Foundation CEO Jay Stroman, is expected to be presented at Tuesday’s board meeting, according to his agenda.

Kelly and Stroman recommend the site over four others based on several criteria. This 27-acre site is close to the current athletics footprint, making it easy for players, coaches and administrators to access. An operations building could also be part of the stadium.

The site is also close to the existing car park, has plenty of tailgating options and is adjacent to “future developments,” according to information included in the diary. However, it is not in what the committee calls a “prominent location”, and would result in the displacement of the current recreation grounds.

This is a recommendation only, and the stadium is on the agenda for informational purposes. It is, however, the latest update in a years-long attempt to build an on-campus football stadium. That effort took off last fall when board chairman Will Weatherford said the facility would materialize.

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Kelly said USF hopes to identify a location and determine financial details — like cost and funding — by the summer. He also said the Bulls’ season opener against Miami in 2027 would be a good start for the stadium. USF plays its games at Raymond James Stadium.

This story will be updated.

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