USF Football Stadium

USF Football Stadium


NEW HIRES, POLK COUNTY IS ON THE HIGHER END OF THE SPECTRUM. MELISSA MARINO LIVE IN POLK COUNTY TONIGHT. THANK YOU. USF IS LOOKING TO BUILD A NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM, COSTING MORE THAN $200 MILLION. NEWS CHANNEL 8 JEFF PATTERSON JOINS US FROM SOUTH FLORIDA WITH MORE ON THE STORY. Reporter: USF BEGAN PLAYING FOOTBALL IN 1997 AND I CAN REMEMBER THE THEN HEAD COACH JIM LEAVITT ON A DOUBLE WIDE — IN A DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER THAT SERVED AS HIS OFFICE. THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN AND NOW THEY WANT TO BUILD A FOOTBALL STADIUM ON CAMPUS. IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS, USF FOOTBALL HAS GROWN FROM DIVISION ONE AA TO A PROGRAM THAT OCCASIONALLY MAKES IT INTO THE TOP 25 OF ALL OF COLLEGE FOOT TALL. ON HIS FIRST DAY, HEAD COACH CHARLIE STRONG CALLED FOR A NEW STADIUM ON CAMPUS. IFILL AT ONCE YOU GET A STADIUM ON CAMPUS, IT’S THEIR HOME. IT’S WHAT THEY DEFEND. Reporter: THE SCHOOL COMPLETED A STUDY SELLING — SHOWING POSSIBLE LOCATIONS. THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY STEPS WHEN YOU ENGAGE IN A PROJECT OF THIS SCOPE. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU REALLY DIVE IN AND TAKE A LOOK. Reporter: THE FACILITY WOULD SEE THE 40,000 FANS AND BE EXPANDABLE TO 50,000, COSTING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 100 — $100 MILLION AND $246 MILLION TO BUILD BUT USF USHERS US THE CONSTRUCTION MONEY WILL BE PRIVATELY RAISED. TAXPAYER MONEY, NO STUDENT TUITION. Reporter: THE QUESTION WE ASKED STUDENTS, IF THEY BUILD IT, WILL YOU COME? I DON’T NOW. I AM PROBABLY THE WORST PERSON TO ASK BECAUSE I DON’T REALLY WATCH FOOTBALL. Reporter: WOULD YOU GO TO MORE GAMES? DEFINITELY BECAUSE OF TRANSPORTATION. THEY OFFER FREE TRANSPORTATION BUT STILL LIKE IT’S FAR AWAY. IT’S ALL THE WAY TO DOWNTOWN. Reporter: WHEN CHARLIE STRONG TOOK THE JOB, USF SAID THEY WERE AVERAGING ABOUT 30,000 FANS A GAME. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO A USF HOME GAME AT RAYMOND JAMES, IT LOOKS LIKE FAR FEWER FANS ARE GOING TO THE GAMES, BUT THEY HOPE IF THEY BUILD THE STADIUM ON CAMPUS THAT MORE STUDENTS WILL GO AND THE EXCITEMENT WILL BUILD. JOSH? NO EXCUSE IF IT’S ON CAMPUS. YOU CAN JUST WALK THERE. HOW CLOSE TO REALITY IS THIS PLAN? Reporter: YEARS AWAY, JOSH. USF JUST SIGNED A SIX-YEAR DEAL WITH THE SPORTS AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE PLAYING GAMES AT RAYMOND JAMES SO THIS IS JUST A FEASIBILITY STUDY.

3 Replies to “USF Football Stadium”

  1. there is plenty of room on Spectrum Blvd for a stadium, maybe some sports bars, restaurants and maybe a new dorm building, all they'd need to do is rip up Rocky Rd which is just a road to nowhere.

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