USF making a Campus Football Stadium
The longtime vision of an on campus stadium at USF is coming to life
Since 1998, the USF Bulls have been playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium - home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The USF Board of Trustees has been discussing the topic of a new stadium on campus and is expected to have information for the scope, location, and budget by June 30, 2022. Word has been buzzing around about this new stadium since Chairman Will Weatherford publicly announced it in September. “The idea behind an on-campus stadium is bigger than football. Certainly it will have an impact on our football program and what we’re building there,” Weatherford said. “But, in all truth, the stadium is about building an on-campus experience. It’s about the students. It’s about giving the alumni an added reason to come back and experience this campus once again with their kids and their grandkids.”
The new stadium is expected to cost between $250 and $500 million to build. If everything runs smoothly and “falls into place”, the stadium could be ready as soon as Fall of 2026. With many aspects of this project still in the air, the opening date may be in 2027 or 2028.
Students, faculty, alumni and fans have all been waiting patiently for USF to have a football stadium of its own. USF is moving forward with its long term vision of having an on campus football stadium. This a huge step for USF and will create a more encompassing environment to enjoy games and USF events. Before we know it, we will be able to cheer on the Bulls in their own Green and Gold stadium.