Some key tweets:
#USF Stadium: Pictures of plan and possible tailgating and rendering of stadium. #Bulls pic.twitter.com/Ppz0hqA0qb— Chris Torello (@TorelloSports) August 8, 2017
Four proposed sites for new on-campus 40-50K seat football stadium @ USF #WTSP pic.twitter.com/o5RGYEUnpi— Mark Rivera (@markriv) August 8, 2017
Pay no attention to those giant financing numbers....hey look, pretty pictures! https://t.co/p4na65lyxC— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 8, 2017
Of course, I've been tracking USF's athletic budget challenges since 2011. And a stadium will certainly compound the problems: not enough football profit, booster contributions, or TV dollars to cover their Division-I-sized expenses.
#USF football wants to hang with the D-I big boys, but students are paying a hefty price for big-time athletics: https://t.co/nn4xLmtLCK https://t.co/tIGCNLJBjE— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 8, 2017
Whoa. $200+ price tag for new football stadium means roughly $18M/yr new in construction bonds. #USF current athletic revenues only $47M/yr. https://t.co/AHBsKujRYA— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 8, 2017
School officials said this morning no state or educational funds would be used to fund the stadium. But.....
However, educational funds HAVE been helping athletics balance budget in recent years. Adding $20M/yr to current $47M budget won't help. https://t.co/cWTXE7IBxh— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 8, 2017
Bake sale starts now. https://t.co/cWTXE7IBxh— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 8, 2017
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