Address: 2700 Bearcats Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
Carson Field at Nippert Stadium has been the venerable home of the University of Cincinnati football team since 1901 and provides the Bearcats with one of the best home-field environments in college football.
Both east and west concourses were completely renovated and widened and fans will find new concession stands and restrooms throughout the stadium, including ADA accessible seating and facilities. Concession stands will feature the usual stadium staples along with food and beverage offerings from premium local vendors. Nearly 75 permanent point-of-sale concession locations will be available on gamedays. The number of women’s bathroom facilities in the stadium has tripled and the number of men’s facilities has nearly doubled.
East side patrons with seats in Herschede-Shank Pavilion will notice the skywalks connecting O’Varsity Way to the upper deck, allowing them to bypass the main concourse and have a quick and easy route to and from their seats. Electronic ribbon boards will be installed on the face of the press box and Herschede-Shank Pavilion. These will feature statistics, graphics, out-of-town scores and more.
All the seating benches in the stadium will be covered by red and silver Perma-Cap vinyl bleacher covers by Hussey Seating. The covering gives the bleachers a different look and includes a CPAW painted in the south endzone student section.
The most striking changes however, sit five stories above the west concourse.
At 105,000 square feet and 130 yards long, the five-story West Pavilion rises out of the stadium concourse in glass and angles which contains a host of new premium seating along with state-of-the art press facilities. The curvature of the facility matches that of Herschede-Shank Pavilion on the east side of the stadium and contains four levels; a press and operations level, suite level, scholarship club level, and patio suites mezzanine level.
UC will go from having nearly no premium seating options to the addition of 1,100 scholarship club seats and 53 indoor and outdoor suites of varying sizes. A skywalk will connect Tangeman University Center to the press box with premium area customers able to access the facility on gameday from the other side of campus.
In addition, three new lighting poles have been installed along with new lights on existing poles and on the roof facing of the press box. The stadium lighting will average 165 footcandles, a vast improvement over the previous number.
The 2015 project was the latest in a series of enhancements that began in 1916 when construction began on a permanent brick-and-concrete stadium structure, which was completed, section-by-section, as funds were raised.
In 1936, the playing field was lowered 12 feet to allow spectator seating to increase to 24,000.
The Reed Shank Pavilion was added in 1954 to bring the capacity to 28,000. In 1991, the capacity was upped to 35,000 through extending the upper deck, now called the Herschede-Shank Pavilion.
In 2005, a new permanent grandstand added new and improved seating and gameday locker rooms in the North endzone along with a new videoboard, nearly twice as large as the previous display.
Artificial turf was first installed in 1970 and in 2000, the stadium became one of the first in the U.S. to utilize FieldTurf, a grass-like synthetic surface.
Prior to the 2013 season, UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system was installed as the playing surface at Nippert. The stadium’s field orientation was shifted slightly north and west to even out the sideline areas and add a run-off area around the south endzone.
The stadium served as home for the American Football League expansion team, the Cincinnati Bengals, in 1968 and 1969, while their eventual permanent home at Riverfront Stadium was being constructed.
Nippert has also served as a venue for concerts by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, Janet Jackson, KT Tunstall, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Roots, the Cincinnati Opera Company and many more.
Two US Presidents have spoken at the stadium. On Oct. 16, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt, running for a second term, appeared at Nippert Stadium and spoke from an open car in the rain to a crowd estimated at 15,000 and on Nov. 2, 2008, President Barack Obama held a campaign rally at Nippert two days before the 2008 Presidential Election to an estimated 27,000 attendees.