How much does USF's on-campus football stadium cost? Here's a glimpse.

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USF’s proposed on-campus soccer stadium construction pitch offers a glimpse into the biggest unknown surrounding the Bulls’ long-awaited facility: cost.

A proposal by design/construction firm AECOM Hunt fixed the construction cost at $350 million. The MA Mortenson Company assumed construction costs would total $300 million.

These numbers are literal approximations and are not binding estimates. But USF officials say little about the project’s budget.

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USF announced earlier this month that it is finalizing negotiations with Populous, the third and final partnership to submit proposals, and Barton Malow. In their proposal, the construction budget was listed as “TBD”.

Considering how the Bulls are going with this project, it makes sense. They will first want to meet with designers and others on campus and in the community to identify specific needs and desires for his 35,000-seat stadium just north of the current practice field.

This is also the process outlined by Barton Malow and Populous. They said they would hold workshops with stakeholders and others early in the design phase to “fully understand USF’s goals.” From there, we estimate the cost before working out the maximum guaranteed price.

The total amount remains unknown, but a proposal obtained by the Tampa Bay Times through a request for public records provides some specific financial details.

This 2022 rendering shows what USF's athletics district would look like with the addition of a stadium on campus.
This 2022 rendering shows what USF’s athletics district would look like with the addition of a stadium on campus. [ Courtesy of USF ]

Populous and Barton Malow proposed $20.1 million in architectural and engineering design fees and $546,000 in pre-construction fees. Both numbers were the lowest in the process. Partnerships also had the lowest overheads and commissions on profits (2.3%). The next lowest was 3.95%.

Populous and Barton Malow also hope that 25% of projects will go to businesses owned by women, minorities or veterans. This exceeds USF’s goal of 13-20%.

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Fans looking for new renders or specific ideas won’t find much in the proposal. are interspersed.

“Our commitment to the University of South Florida is to provide the best resources for on-campus stadium projects,” reads Burton Mallow/Populous Pitch. “This team will be led by expert designers and builders who will leverage their experience in delivering similar facilities to create a one-of-a-kind USF Stadium for him.”

They have a lot of experience. Over the past five years, Burton Murrow has spent his $1 billion on sports venues in Florida, completing spring training facilities for the Braves, Tigers and Mets, and Daytona, where he refurbished his World Stadium at the International Speedway and camping in Orlando. Did. Populous claims one of his members of its team as the sole architect to design three new college football stadiums (Colorado State, Baylor, Minnesota).

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Populous and another company proposed, Tampa’s RR Simmons, underwent a series of upgrades at USF 12 years ago, including new stadiums for baseball, softball and soccer. Add another of his partners, his DuCon Construction in Tampa, and the proposal has pitched him $2 billion in construction projects in Tampa Bay over the past decade.

“Our proposal is tailored to provide a defining part of USF’s future that attracts recruits and provides world-class facilities for student-athletes to train, compete and grow while uniting our fan base. It is being done,” wrote Len Moser, Burton Marrow Project Executive, in the group’s letter of interest.

The Bulls have not elaborated on how they plan to pay for the nine-figure stadium, but board chairman Will Weatherford said USF is “getting really creative.” Populus uses research on fan behavior to “create spaces that generate a high return on investment at every price point,” and that other stadiums have achieved record donations, increased sponsorships, and “annual revenues.” ‘, he said.

USF expects to complete negotiations with Populus and Burton Marrow within the next week or two, subject to Board approval. The design phase, which is expected to take 12-18 months, then begins.

The Bulls plan to move to campus from Raymond James Stadium for the start of the 2026 season.

Times Staff writer Jay Cridlin contributed to this report.

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