USF plays 20 minutes from campus at the Buccaneers' NFL-quality Raymond James Stadium, while its nearest rival, UCF is enjoying successes from its new on-campus stadium.
However, media outlets so often miss the fact that UCF's stadium has burdened its students with a huge amount of debt, which every single kid who takes a class pays via student fees. UCF is just about the only big college that relies on its students to balance its budget more than USF, which will tack $1800 onto most students' bills by the time they graduate, even if they don't attend a single sporting event.
Willie Taggert is right: an on-campus stadium adds to atmosphere. But its also in incredible risk.
It will definitely increase student attendance by thousands - if not tens of thousands.
But last year, UCF's budget listed $4.6 million on stadium bonds, maintenance, and rentals. USF spent $877,372. So that nearly $3M annual difference would have to be made up by students and private donations - another area USF has been woeful.