Sept. 4, 2009
Installation Photo Gallery
CINCINNATI - UC Athletics, IMG College, and ISP Stadium Seating have joined forces to provide Bearcats football fans with new cushioned seating for the 2009 season.
All UCATS reserved season ticket patrons will sit in the new seats, along with single-game ticket customers who purchase in these sections. Fans who are not UCATS reserves season ticket patrons can also take advantage of these new seats by renting a seat at Nippert Stadium each game day for only $5 per seat. Rental locations will be set-up in several locations around the stadium.
The removal of the old red plastic cap seating was removed earlier this summer and each stadium row was pressure washed. Installations on more than 10,000 black, water-proofed cushioned seats will be completed by week's end and will enhance Nippert Stadium's fan experience and the look of the 107 year-old facility.
Director of Athletics Mike Thomas says the move to cushioned seats was a direct response to fan feedback over the past few years.
"Over the past few seasons more and more fans have come up to us and asked if there was anything we could do about the uncomfortable red seats in Nippert. When we looking into this, the most economical and comfortable alternative was to partner with an outside vendor who could help us solve our fan's comfort issue, and do so at a reasonable price. We tested these types of seats over the last two years and decided to move forward with a mass installation for the 2009 season. ISP Stadium Seating has answered our charge and will serve our fans well this season and for many years to come."
When fans come to Nippert Stadium they will notice a major difference in the look of the facility, as the red seats have been replaced with a massive wall of black seating with a C-PAW branded on the back of each seat.
"ISP Stadium Seating is very pleased to join with the University of Cincinnati in this exciting project," Franklin Yancey, Vice President and General Manager of ISP Stadium Seating, said. "Fans of the defending BIG EAST champions deserve the finest in seating comfort and our company prides itself in providing that level of service for many prominent football programs across the country, now including the UC Bearcats."
This is the latest in renovations to Nippert Stadium, which began service to UC Athletics back in 1902.
Nippert Stadium Historical Timeline
1895-Arch Carson introduced a plan to build a stadium on a site in Burnet Woods.
1902-Cincinnati played its first game on Carson Field. Wood bleachers were built on the surrounding hillside.
1909-Lights were first used because the large number of co-op students on the team could practice only at night.
1916-Funds to build a permanent brick and concrete structure were made available by a city bond issue.
1923-UC defeated Kentucky Wesleyan, 17-0, in the first night collegiate football game in the Midwest.
1923-James Gamble donated $250,000 in memory of his grandson, Jimmy Nippert, to complete the stadium.
1924-The completed James Gamble Nippert Stadium was dedicated. Capacity is 12,000.
1936-Carson Field was lowered 12 feet to allow the capacity to expand to 24,000.
1954-Reed Shank Pavilion was completed to boost the capacity to 28,000.
1968-Nippert served as the first home of the Cincinnati Bengals while the city constructed a facility for the new pro franchise.
1970-Astroturf replaced the natural grass surface.
1989-Nippert Stadium was closed for renovation. UC played its 1990 home games at Riverfront Stadium.
1991-Phase I of the stadium renovation was completed to allow for UC home games to be played. The structure was fortified and a three-tiered press box was added.
1992-Phase II of the renovation was completed, upping the seating capacity to 35,000 through the expansion of the Herschede-Shank Pavilion, and adding new lighting and a scoreboard.
1998-UC overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Houston, 44-43 for its 250th win in Nippert Stadium.
2000-FieldTurf, a revolutionary new grass-like artificial surface, was installed. The press box was renamed the John and Dorothy Hermanies Press box.
2001-A new video scoreboard was added in the north end zone and 10,000 seats were upgraded. The season opener against Purdue produced the first advance sell-out in Nippert Stadium history.
2005-A permanent grandstand upgraded seating behind the North end zone and provided new locker rooms at field level for game use. A new, larger video board was installed and the Field Turf playing surface replaced.
2006-The façade of Herschede-Schank Pavilion was rebranded into the Nippert Stadium RING OF HONOR, honoring some of the great individual athletes in Bearcats football history. 15 former UC greats and their jersey numbers are currently displayed this area. The program's postseason bowls were also added in a display on the façade of the North End Zone seating sections, marking the first time that these historical teams were recognized in Nippert Stadium.
2007- The Bearcat Lair section was created in the North End Zone seats, promoting a high-energy, interactive fan area. This area SOLD OUT for the first time in 2007 and again in 2008 and 2009. There is now a waiting list for fans wanting access to this area of the stadium.
2008- The Bearcats' team moved from the West Sideline to the East Sideline, making game management and sportsmanship elements easier to manage.
2009- 10,000 new black cushioned seats were installed in the UCATS seating areas of the stadium, replacing the previously installed red-plastic seating covers.