Cincinnati's playing venue sports a new name, but will still provide the same homecourt advantage the Bearcats have enjoyed the past 15 seasons.
UC's 13,176-seat playing venue has been renamed Fifth Third Arena to recognize Fifth Third Bank's generous support of the athletic facilities improvement campaign.
The arena has served as a sixth man for Bearcat basketball. Cincinnati has compiled a 205-27 record and a hefty .884 winning percentage since its opening in 1989-90, and an 99-9 ledger over the past seven years.
Moreover, it has brought out Bearcat fans in droves. Attendance records were set in five of the last 11 seasons. In 1999-2000, every Bearcat home game was a complete sellout as the team established a new attendance record with per-game crowd of 13,176.
And when the UC fans get rocking, it gets WILD!
The festive arena, with 16 private executive suites, new scoreboard-video replay display board and restaurant and lounge area overlooking the court, is as good as any college facility in the nation.
A new portable playing surface, the All-Star Plus which is used by several NBA teams, was installed for the 2003-04 season.
UC's proud basketball history and tradition are well-represented in the Fifth Third Arena. Fans entering from the east side pass by a statue of Oscar Robertson. The playing surface is named Ed Jucker Court in honor of the coach who directed the Bearcats to two national championships. UC's All-Americans are recognized by photo banners hanging in the concourses.
The arena is located at the center of the athletic facilities on the UC campus.
Modern offices for basketball, along with meeting rooms and a study lounge are located in French Hall, adjacent to the arena, originally constructed for $32 million.
In its proud history, Fifth Third Arena has served as host of the 1994 Great Midwest Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, the 1998 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament, the 1998 Conference USA Volleyball Tournament, the 1999 NCAA Mideast Women's Basketball Regional and the 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball West Sub-Regional.
The arena meets the athletic needs of the entire campus community with its additional sports facilities. There are spaces for people to enjoy their favorite activity on their own, within UC's comprehensive intramural program or as a member or fan of a varsity team.
Adjacent to Nippert Stadium, the arena houses the support services for each of the Bearcat sports teams, including the women's basketball offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms and related facilities.
Fifth Third Arena contains the Sports Medicine Center, which provides the most up-to-date training accomodations for the treatment and prevention of injuries.
The Strength and Conditioning Center, 6,500 square-foot area which contains the latest in free and machine weight training equipment, helps student-athletes maximize their athletic ability and skills.