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USF Announces Construction Management Team for Football Stadium Project

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Plans for the new USF football stadium have moved forward with the selection of Manhattan Construction Company, HJ Russell & Company and DuCon as construction managers for the project.

The team has previous professional stadium experience, including more than $1.2 billion in projects with USF design team Populous. Other projects include football stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, as well as ongoing renovations at Florida State. Manhattan also provided management services for renovations to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2016.

“The selection of a construction management team is a major step forward in our process to create a world-class stadium that will transform the future of our university and the on-campus experience,” said USF Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly and CEO of the USF Foundation Jay Stromanthe co-chairs of the stadium planning committee said in a joint statement.

“After thoroughly reviewing each proposal we received for the project, we are pleased to begin our partnership with a team that has a proven track record at Manhattan Construction Company, HJ Russell & Company and DuCon, LLC. “

Among the projects DuCon highlights on the company's website is a $32 million new construction project at Bartow High School. Atlanta-based HJ Russell & Company includes Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Atlanta Hawks' practice facility, as well as construction management for the construction of UNC-Charlotte Football Stadium, a 15,000-seat stadium.

USF's campus stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2027 college football season. The university expects to host six to seven football games at the facility each fall and also use the stadium for academic and private events, including seasonal concerts, sporting events and festivals.

The stadium will be a venue with 35,000 seats. The Bulls, who played at Raymond James Stadium during the 2023 season, averaged 37,944 attendance in six home games, although the average was skewed by a game against Alabama that sold out 65,138. For the other five games, USF averaged 32,505 attendees.

In 2022, the university opened a new indoor practice and performance facility with a full-size playing field, a strength and conditioning center, a nutrition center and a players' lounge.

USF is coming off a 7-6 season Alex Goleshs first season as head coach. The seven wins were the most for the program since 2018. It was the fifth winning season since the Bulls left the Big East for the American Conference in 2013.

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