University of Cincinnati, Nippert Stadium

Our expansion to the historic Nippert Stadium provides outstanding spectator facilities for football games and integrates with the high-quality architecture and landscape of the University of Cincinnati campus.

nighttime halftime show at Nippert

Working within tight physical constraints, we added a new 115,000 SF addition with premium seating and press facilities, a new footbridge to the nearby student center, and a pedestrian concourse and terrace that can be used year-round for a variety of activities and gatherings. Together, these interventions transform a seasonal facility into a central hub that serves everyone on campus throughout the year.

north end cantilever overlooking field and facing Bearcat Plaza
The building’s dramatic north cantilever frames views into the stadium and its stepped massing at the south terrace allows views to the field.
  • field view from under Nippert addition
    The pedestrian concourse provides public space for a range of student activities and gatherings, 365 days a year.
  • people walk through stadium concourses
entry to stadium from student center walkway on game-night
Parallelogram-shaped glass and metal panels establish a unified composition as a foil to the eclectic surrounding buildings.
open space connecting patio level and club level featuring the building x-frames
An open stair connects the club level to the patio suites level; an X-braced structural frame expresses the building's scale.
window view from suite level lounge to adjacent buildings
The suite level lounge overlooks the student center and campus.
  • people walk between the student center and stadium
  • people pass under walkway connecting to student center
    Footbridge to the Tangeman University Center.
  • people walk by glass-clad façade

The project is certified LEED Silver.

Sports Architect and Architect of Record: Heery Design a SLAM Studio


2017 International Architecture Award

2017 AIA GA, Award of Excellence

2017 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel

2016 SCUP / AIA-CAE, Honor Award

2016 AIA South Atlantic Region, Honor Award

Nippert Stadium in The New York Times
Nippert Stadium on ARCHITECT’s Cover