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High Point Solutions Stadium
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High Point Solutions Stadium

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Address 1 Scarlet Knight Way
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone (908) 445-4200
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  The Facility  
Date Opened September 3, 1994
Major Renovations 2008
Ownership
(Management)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
(Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Surface Grass
(1994-2004)
FieldTurf
(2004-Present)
Cost of Construction $28 Million
Cost of Renovations $102 Million
Stadium Financing Original: New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Bond Issue.
Renovations: 70/30 Bonds/Private
Former Names Rutgers Stadium
(1994-2011)
High Point Solutions Stadium (2011-Present)
Naming Rights High Point Solutions, a Sussex County-based technology supplier, will pay $6.5 million beginning in 2011 for the naming rights to Rutgers Stadium and last 10 years.
Stadium Architect NK Architects
Capacity 52,454
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats 968
  Other Facts  
Tenants Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(NCAA) (1994-Present)
Population Base 50,000
On Site Parking 3,000
Nearest Airport Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Championships 1st
1869


Sources: Mediaventures

The newly-rebuilt High Point Solutions Stadium, which now seats 52,454 fans, is the most modern and one of the most scenic stadiums in the nation. This striking facility has drawn raves from fans, alumni, students, and broadcast executives alike. It has already hosted the four largest campus crowds in Rutgers football history.

Largest crowds:
1. 41,511 Texas 38, Rutgers 21 - 9/11/99
2. 40,011 Notre Dame 45, Rutgers 17 - 11/18/00
3 39,719 Miami 24, Rutgers 3 - 10/01/94
4. 37,220 Rutgers 14, Cincinnati 9 - 10/15/94
5. 33,820 Rutgers 27, Navy 17 - 9/16/95

Source: Rutgers University Sports Information Office

RUTGERS SHORT OF FUNDS FOR PROJECT
September 11, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Piscataway, N.J. - A private fund-raising effort that is critical to the expansion of Rutgers Stadium has brought in just a fraction of what will be needed to cover a $30 million gap in the project's financing.

Records released by the university show a $1 million pledge from Gov. Jon Corzine has been one of the few large contributions received since January. Scarlet Knights supporters had donated or pledged only an additional $92,962 as of Sept. 3.

Nearly all the contributions were less than $1,000. Many gave $50. One person gave $114.

The university turned to the fund-raising drive after the state refused to cover a large shortfall in the financing of the $102 million stadium expansion. The first phase of the project opened with a mezzanine section that brought nearly 1,000 new premium seats and dining facilities to the stadium. The second phase begins after the end of the current football season, and will add another 13,000 seats by closing in the stadium's open end zone.

University officials, who had refused for weeks to provide any accounting of the money being raised for the project, downplayed the response of donors, despite a well-publicized funding campaign spearheaded earlier this year by Corzine and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak.

"I continue to have the utmost confidence in Gov. Corzine as he leads the fund-raising campaign," said Robert Mulcahy, the university's director of athletics, in a statement. Lesniak repeated his belief the campaign will likely bring in far less than the $30 million target for the project. He said he was disappointed, but remains hopeful that he and the governor could eventually bring in a total of perhaps $10 million.

The Rutgers board of governors, which has known about the funding problems since July, has been examining alternate funding plans - including hikes in ticket prices and the diversion of millions in stadium revenues from other athletics programs - to help finance additional borrowing.

The board has called a special, closed-door meeting - its first since learning of the funding problems. University officials would not discuss the reason for the meeting, saying only it involved contract negotiation and attorney-client privilege issues.

Carol Herring, president of the Rutgers University Foundation, said that raising such a large amount of money from top donors will be a long, deliberate campaign.

"The fund-raising hasn't really started yet," she said. "I think it's going to happen. I think it's going to work."

Bids for the major structural work on the project's second phase have come in at least $18 million higher than anticipated and the university continues to look for ways to scale back the project without sacrificing any of the stadium's additional seating. (Newark Star Ledger)

RUTGERS MAY SCALE BACK STADIUM PLANS
October 16, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Piscataway, N.J. - With stock market troubles hitting Rutgers' endowment hard, the university is considering scaling back plans to expand its football stadium.

There's no word when a decision might be made.

The university has introduced new ethics and oversight measures that were drafted amid questions raised in recent months over spending by the athletics department.

The university also told all its departments to make contingency plans for budget cuts and to halt all nonessential spending.

Rutgers is $30 million short of its fund-raising goals to complete a $102 million expansion to its football stadium. The first phase of work is done, with the second scheduled to start after the current season. (Newsday)

October 23, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Rutgers University expects to sell its football stadium naming rights to a New Jersey-based company for between $1.5 million and $2 million annually before next year's season-opener. Four companies are interested in putting their name on the stadium in Piscataway for 15 to 30 years, T.J. Nelligan, founder of Nelligan Sports Marketing, Inc., the exclusive marketing agent for Rutgers athletics, said. The Scarlet Knights are in the midst of a $102 million stadium expansion that will increase seating by 13,500 to 56,000. The athletic department, which is $30 million short of its fundraising goal, will use the stadium sponsorship revenue to underwrite its debt, the school said. (Bloomberg)

November 13, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Despite growing concerns that the second phase of Rutgers' stadium expansion plans will be delayed, scaled down or perhaps even grind to a halt because of a major financial shortfall, head coach Greg Schiano remains resolute in his belief that the work will get done. Bids for the project, with the centerpiece being an additional 13,000 seats in the south end zone, are due back in approximately two weeks, associate director of athletics Kevin MacConnell said. Construction work is ongoing despite a reported gap of $30 million needed to complete the project - and no state assistance forthcoming. (Newark Star Ledger)

RUTGERS TRIMS BACK STADIUM PLANS
December 18, 2008
Copyright 2008 MediaVentures

Piscataway, N.J. - The Rutgers governing board unanimously approved a vastly scaled-back plan to complete the university's $102 million stadium expansion that would add 12,000 new seats. The price of the stadium, as approved by the board nearly a year ago, will not change. But what they get for that money will be a spartan project never envisioned - devoid of the new locker rooms, reception areas and other enhancements that skyrocketing costs have now made unaffordable.

Rutgers will also borrow the entire cost of the project, acknowledging that a $30 million fund- raising effort to bridge a gap in the finance had failed.

The cost of additional borrowing will mean higher ticket prices - as much as $40 for an end zone seat, up from $30. There's also a call for required yearly seat donations that will average $100 for all sideline seating, over and above the face value of a season ticket. The officials said this is common practice at most of the schools in the Big East Conference, where Rutgers competes.

The first phase of the project was completed in September, adding 968 premium seats and a club lounge. Officials say to date, 870 club seats have been sold.

The second phase called for enclosing the now open south end zone, adding seating and various other amenities. However, money problems quickly mounted.

When it approved the project in January, the board authorized the university to borrow no more than $72 million - considered at that time the limit of debt that could be supported by stadium revenue.

With the price tag of the stadium expansion set at $102 million, the university turned to Trenton to fill the $30 million gap and Gov. Jon Corzine volunteered to head a fund-raising drive to bring in private donations. Over the past year, though, the cost of the project continued to rise and the fund-raising effort sputtered.

The superstructure making up the south end will be completed with the seating, along with the facade, and it will be enclosed. Restrooms will be built. But the rest of the interior will be left unfinished, with the option to complete it in the future.

The cuts are expected to save at least $12.8 million, the officials said.

One of the project's main proponents, university's athletic director, Robert E. Mulcahy - who was fired amid growing questions over his department's spending - was not in his attendance. (Newark Star Ledger)

$5 MILLION GIFT AIDS RUTGERS STADIUM
July 16, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Rutgers, N.J. - Two donors have pledged $5 million for a recruiting lounge to be added to an expanded Rutgers University stadium. The lounge was trimmed from earlier plans because of higher than expected construction costs.

Board members voted in December to scrap the lounge - along with other extras such as locker rooms and media facilities - when faced with a $30 million shortfall in the $102 million project that will add 11,500 seats.

STADIUM WORK HELPING RUTGER'S FINANCES
December 10, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Rutgers, N. J. - An expansion of Rutgers Stadium is expected to result in a major increase in revenue to the school's athletic program. Reports say the expansion is expected to result in $10.7 million in ticket revenue, five times what the school took in in 2005.

The school also received $2.5 million in club seat sales. Ticket prices increased $10 each overall.

The money more than covers the $6.9 million annual debt service on the $102 million project that brought the venue's capacity to 52,454 seats.

Original estimates said ticket revenue would generate $7.5 million on capacity rates of 75 to 85 percent. Actual capacity was 93 percent.

The construction added 28 luxury suites to the stadium at $15,000 a year each. The 852 club seats sold for $2,500 each. Both groups were also required to buy $650 in season tickets.

RUTGERS TO SELL NAMING RIGHTS
July 1, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Piscataway, N.J. - Rutgers University has hired Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and IMG College to broker naming rights deals for its stadium and arena, according to the Courier News.

While the asking price for the naming rights is not immediately known, it's conceivable the two venues might have different buyers for the naming rights, the newspaper reported.

Rutgers Stadium, which last year completed a $102 million makeover that saw the seating capacity increase to 52,454, is the lone football venue in the Big East with the university as its name.

The Louis Brown Athletic Center, which is more commonly known as "the RAC," could soon be undergoing a face-lift as well after the university announced earlier this year a plan to expand the 8,500-seat arena to 12,500, with club seating, premium restaurants and a practice facility among the bells and whistles in the project.

The university is currently raising funds for the project, Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti told the newspaper.

April 28, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Rutgers won't be joining West Virginia by offering beer sales at home football games this season, but the Big East's last holdout for an on-campus stadium when it comes to alcohol is looking into the possibility of doing so in the future, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Athletic director Tim Pernetti said that selling beer at football games is among a lengthy list of options the school is exploring as it seeks to generate new revenue - though it's not something Rutgers officials intend to pursue any time soon. The newspaper said West Virginia's decision to sell beer at home football games starting this season leaves Rutgers as the only school in the eight-team Big East not to do so (Pittsburgh limits beer sales to club and suite patrons at Heinz Field, an NFL stadium).

June 23, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

High Point Solutions, a Sussex County-based technology supplier, has bought the naming rights to Rutgers Stadium, according to the Newark Star Ledger. The 52,454-seat bowl will be renamed High Point Solutions Stadium. The deal will last 10 years and Rutgers will be paid a reported $6.5 million. The first event at High Point Stadium will be Sept. 1, when Rutgers hosts North Carolina Central, the newspaper said.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

College
Field

College Field

1869-1891
Neilson
Field

Neilson Field

1892-1938
Old Rutgers
Stadium

Old Rutgers Stadium

1938-1992
Giants
Stadium

Giants Stadium

1993
High Point
Solutions Stadium

High Point Solutions Stadium

1994-Present


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