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Nippert Stadium
"The 'Nip"
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Location 2700 Bearcats Way (174 W Corry St.), Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
Coordinates 39°7′52″N 84°30′58″W / 39.13111°N 84.51611°W / 39.13111; -84.51611Coordinates: 39°7′52″N 84°30′58″W / 39.13111°N 84.51611°W / 39.13111; -84.51611
Broke ground 1916
Opened 1924
Renovated 1936, 1954, 1970, 1991-1992, 2000, 2005
Owner University of Cincinnati
Operator University of Cincinnati
Surface FieldTurf (2000-present)
AstroTurf (1970-1999)
Grass (1924-1969)
Construction cost $10.5 million USD
Capacity 35,097 [1]
Tenants
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA) (1924-present)
Cincinnati Bengals (AFL) (1968-1969)
OHSAA Southwest District/Regional HS playoffs

Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio is the University of Cincinnati's football stadium, home to their Bearcats football team in rudimentary form since 1902, and as a complete stadium since 1924, making it the fourth oldest playing site and fifth oldest stadium in college football[2].

In 1895, the organizer of UC's first football team, Arch Carson, introduced a plan to build a stadium complete with wooden bleachers on the site upon which Nippert Stadium currently stands. The plans became a reality in 1901 while Carson was serving as UC's physical education director. A year later it became home to Bearcat football. The playing surface at Nippert Stadium is called Carson Field in honor of Arch Carson.

In 1916, construction began in sections of a brick and concrete structure to replace the wooden stands and continued for several seasons as funds were raised. During the final game of the 1923 season with intrastate rival Miami University, UC player James Gamble Nippert sustained a spike wound injury. He died a month later of blood poisoning, reportedly due to having been infected by droppings left after a pre-game chicken race. Nippert's grandfather, James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble, donated the required funds to complete the stadium. In 1924, the completed structure was dedicated as James Gamble Nippert Memorial Stadium. It has been updated many times through the years and currently seats 35,097 with press boxes and a second tier, yet the stadium retains much of its brick, masonry and wrought iron charm.[2] On November 27, 2009 in a game against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, the stadium broke the record for largest attendance in stadium history with an attendance of 35,106.

Nippert has earned a reputation throughout the Big East as a tough place to play. Through the end of the 2009 season, UC boasts a 12-game home winning streak, dating back to 2007.

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.

Along with this, the stadium has served as a venue for concerts by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, Janet Jackson, KT Tunstall, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Roots and many more. On November 2, 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama held a rally at Nippert two days before the election to an estimated 27,000 attendees.[3]

As the UC program has risen to prominence in the late 2000s, the small seating capacity of Nippert has become an issue. Former UC head coach Brian Kelly called for an expansion of Nippert, the smallest stadium in the Big East. The University is currently exploring options for expansion and renovation. Sources indicate that the expansion will add up to 15,000 seats, perhaps wrapping the upper deck all the way around the stadium, but exact details are unknown.

East Stands 2008
Exterior 2008

References

  1. ^ gobearcats.cstv.com
  2. ^ a b Hemmer, Andy, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, May 6, 2000 [1]
  3. ^ Obama Rallies Voters at UC's Nippert Stadium, Kentucky Post, November 2, 2008[2]

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Preceded by
First stadium
Home of the
Cincinnati Bengals

1968 – 1969
Succeeded by
Riverfront Stadium







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