A tradition since 1885, the University of Cincinnati football team enters 2016 seeking to take another step in the program's historic evolution. Head Coach Tommy Tuberville's 2016 squad will feature a dynamic offense under new Offensive Coordinator Zac Taylor and a fast, energetic defense that put a year of experience under its belt in 2015.
Cincinnati's football renaissance began in 2006. Ninety wins, nine bowl games and five conference championships later the Bearcats are scratching and clawing for more. A year ago, UC set 18 school records and finished among the nation's top-5 offenses. The Bearcats also set high-water marks for home attendance with a quarter-million fans coming through the turnstiles of recently renovated Nippert Stadium. UC's home field since the mid-1900s, Nippert Stadium enters its second century of existence.
Its classic wrought-iron gates and brickwork are a nod to a historic past while the 130,000 square-foot West Pavilion premium seating showcases the future with UC holding a 20-3 mark on the home turf since 2011. Starting with our heartbeat in the student section, the RUCKUS, spreading to the Bearcats Lair, young alumni in section 116 and all the way to the patrons in the West Pavilion, you create one energetic voice on gameday in passionate support of your Bearcats.
We invite you to participate in the best home field advantage in college football. Join us for the pageantry, join us for the fun and join us for the football. There are seven opportunities in 2016 against great competition to pack historic Nippert Stadium and show the nation the best fans live right here. We will fight to the finish and never give in.
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Corry St. Catering sells alcohol products both in the main stadium and the West Pavilion. No alcohol may be brought into Nippert Stadium. Guests that are intoxicated or are perceived to be intoxicated will be denied entry into Nippert Stadium. Guests must be 21 years of age or older and in possession of valid government issued identification to purchase, handle, or consume alcoholic beverages at Nippert Stadium. There is a maximum of two (2) alcoholic beverages per purchase. All alcohol sales will be discontinued at the end of the third (3rd) quarter or earlier at Nippert Stadium Management's discretion. Guests providing alcohol to minors will be ejected and subject to arrest. Guests possessing alcohol, who do not have proof of being at least 21 years of age, will be ejected and subject to arrest. Drunk and disorderly conduct or violation of any alcohol policy will result in ejection from Nippert Stadium without refund and the violator(s) may be subject to loss of season tickets and arrest. Excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Alcohol purchased at Nippert Stadium is not to be removed from Nippert Stadium. Stadium Management reserves the right to change policies or procedures at any time
Certified service dogs and service dogs in training for guests with disabilities, are welcome at Nippert Stadium, but must be wearing their identifying collar, vest or harness at all times. Bringing associated documentation is encouraged, but not required. All other animals are not permitted.
Please be courteous to those around you when taking photos to avoid sightline obstruction of other guests.
Whelan Security provides UC with bag checking services at all entrance gates. All approved bags will be checked upon entry to the stadium. For a list of prohibited items, see "Prohibited Items" section.
Children under two (2) years of age are allowed entry without a ticket if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket and must share the adult's seat.
NIPPERT STADIUM PROMOTES AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE GUESTS CAN ENJOY THEIR GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE FREE FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Field and sideline access is strictly limited to team personnel and credentialed working staff. Per American Athletics Conference rules, fans are not permitted on the field following the game.
No noise-making devices of any kind are permitted inside Nippert Stadium. Please refer to "Permitted and Prohibited" for further information.
ALL INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR BELONGINGS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Fans with medical bags or items they must carry with them must be inspected and either have a wristband or sticker placed on it to show that it has been inspected. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLIER TO AVOID LAST MINUTE GATE PRESSURE.
The following ARE PERMITTED in the stadium:
The following ARE PROHIBITED ITEMS:
Re-entry is not permitted at any Nippert Stadium event. In case of emergency, guests can contact the ticket taker and/or security supervisor at the nearest gate.
Re-entry is not permitted at any Nippert Stadium event. In case of emergency, guests can contact the ticket taker and/or security supervisor at the nearest gate.
The Campus Gridiron Tailgate (commonly known as `The Grid') is located on Campus Green and offers 100-plus tailgating plots to allow fans to bring their pregame parties to the heart of campus. Tailgating begins four hours prior to kickoff, is cleared 30-minutes prior to kickoff, and then reopens after the game for one hour. Plots are sold on a season-long basis. Public is also welcome to experience The Grid and enjoy the Family Fun Zone and the CATWALK as well as the RallyCats Beer Truck and Pepsi Stage.
Bearcats Music Festival Presented by Pepsi Cincinnati Athletics is throwing a pregame concert for Bearcats football fans. The Bearcats Music Festival located on the Grid will start 2 hours before kickoff and end 30 minutes before game time. Join us for great local and regional entertainment, and watch the Bearcats rock!
The Bearcats band has been a fixture at Cincinnati home football games and selected UC road contests for the past 78 years. The band will play their pregame show at the grid starting at approximately 5:45
Join us at the Bearcats Fan Zone before every UC home football game. Fans of all ages can enjoy inflatable games, live entertainment, food & beverages for sale, cornhole, giveaways, the Kids' Club Coloring Contest and visits from the Bearcat. The Bearcats Fan Zone is available four hours before the game and concludes 30 minutes prior to kickoff, allowing fans time to make it to their seats for the beginning of the game. Be sure to come out early to enjoy all of the unique pregame fun!
Be sure to participate in a great UC tradition - the CATWALK, which occurs approximately two-and-a-half hours before kickoff. Join the Bearcats, UC cheerleaders and band to fire up the football team and coaches as they pass through the middle of the Grid on their pregame walk to Nippert Stadium.
The Grid is located on Campus Green and offers 100-plus tailgating plots to allow fans to bring their pregame parties to the heart of campus.Plots are sold on a season-long basis for $300 and interested fans can contact the UCATS office at 513-556-4884 or email UCATS@uc.edu for more information.The Bearcats Family Fun Zone is also located at the Grid providing an outstanding pregame experience with the Pepsi Entertainment Stage, food and beverage options and interactive games and prizes to make the Grid the premiere tailgating spot on campus. The Grid is also where the Catwalk takes place as the team arrives on campus and proceeds through the heart of the Grid two and a half hours prior to kickoff. The Rooftop Tailgate - University of Cincinnati football fans have an exciting tailgate opportunity atop the University Avenue Garage. This is a traditional style tailgate experience with gas grills and adult beverages permitted. Rooftop tailgate passes are exclusive to UCATS members and cost $300 for the entire season. Passes are subject to availability and new members will be allocated according to UCATS giving level and priority points. UCATS donors who are interested in the Rooftop Tailgate, must request a pass by calling the UCATS Office at 513-556-4884 or email UCATS@uc.edu.
UC football fans have an exciting opportunity for a traditional tailgate experience with gas grills and adult beverages permitted in the rooftop tailgating area atop University Avenue Garage. Rooftop tailgate passes are exclusive to UCATS members and cost $300 for the entire season. Passes are subject to availability and will be allocated according to UCATS giving level and priority points. Contact the UCATS office at 513-556-4884 to request a pass.
ATMs are located behind section 101, Victory Plaza, at the Bearcat Plaza, and at the TUC Dock. Reminder that not all concession stands accept credit cards.
Whelan Security provides UC with bag checking services at all entrance gates. All approved bags will be checked upon entry to the stadium. For a list of prohibited items, see "Permitted" and "Prohibited" under Nippert Stadium
All restrooms are equipped with baby changing stations. Nippert also has family restrooms available on Victory Plaza, Bearcat Plaza, and behind Section 109.
Corry Street Catering is the provider for all food and beverage in Nippert Stadium and will utilize local vendors as well. Permanent concession stands and portable stands are located throughout the stadium concourses and Victory Plaza. Most concession stands are equipped to accept credit and debit cards.
Fans who purchase any 32 oz Souvenir Soda will now receive one free refill. City BBQ will return as a stadium vendor after a two-year hiatus.
Season ticket holders will receive some great benefits including a pregame special at Stadium View Café in the north end zone which includes a 20% discount on current menu items. Patrons who purchase a regular priced meal combo will receive a free souvenir cup while those buying from the nacho cart or Qdoba burritos will receive a free 12 oz canned soda with a purchase. Fans should show their season tickets to receive the discounts.
Happy Hour pricing will return! These special prices will be effective from the time gates open on gameday until 20 minutes before kickoff. Happy Hour specials will be available at the concession stands on Victory Plaza closest to gate 2.b>2016 specials include:
Family Meal Deals
To expedite alcoholic beverage ordering at concession stands, ID checking stations will be set up at gates 2, 3 and 8. Those without wristbands ordering alcohol will be carded.
New for 2016 - The 4th and BOGO promotion starts at the beginning of the fourth quarter of every home football game and entitles all students with a valid ID to a free cheeseburger or hotdog with the purchase of one. Fight to the Finish with the Bearcats and a great special from Corry Street Catering!
Patrons with disabilities should contact the UC Athletics Ticket Office so that their needs may be attended to effectively. Cash parking for patrons needing accessible parking is available in Stratford Heights Garage off of Clifton Avenue. A state-issued handicap pass is required. A shuttle from Stratford to a drop off point near the stadium will be provided.
Should you need immediate assistance, please notify the nearest usher, security personnel, police officer or visit one of the First Aid Stations on the concourse. In the event of a stadium emergency, pertinent information regarding the emergency situation and evacuation procedures will be provided over the public address system and on the stadium video board.
First Aid rooms are staffed by trained medical personnel provided by UC Health. Locations are behind sections 117, 111 and in Victory Plaza as well as in the Club level in the West Pavilion.
Guests that have lost an item during an event are encouraged to visit the UC Public Safety office in Three Edwards Center. Items that have been found are turned into these locations during events. Inquiries about lost items should call 513-556-4925.
Men's, women's and family restrooms are available throughout Nippert Stadium. All restrooms are equipped with baby changing stations and are ADA accessible.
Several locations are available to purchase Bearcats gear on gameday, including replica jerseys, hats and the latest from UC's official outfitter Under Armour. In addition to the main bookstore location inside Tangeman University Center, satellite tents are located at Gate 2, Gate 3 and Gate 8 with an additional booth at the Myers Alumni Center.
While attending Bearcats' games, remember to pick up your official souvenir 2016 yearbook that includes outstanding color photos of coaches and players, in-depth feature stories, stats, rosters and history. You'll use it at the game and have it as a keepsake throughout the season.
Cash parking is on a space available basis ($20 per car day of the game, $15 in advance online by clicking here). Cash Parking is available at Eden, Stratford and Woodside Garages. Parking in Calhoun, Campus Green, CCM, Corry, University and Varsity Village Garages is by pass only. For more information on season parking availability, call 1-877-CATS-TIX.
ACCESSIBLE PARKING (SINGLE GAME) Accessible parking for patrons with mobility issues is available in the Stratford Heights Garage. A stateissued handicap pass or license plate is required. For more information, call (513) 556-2283.
SINGLE-GAME PARKING Single-game parking passes will be available for purchase in Campus Green Garage. Visit UC.edu/parking to purchase.
U SQUARE GARAGES Located on Calhoun Street, the U Square garage is open on gameday on a first-come first-serve basis and is $10 per car. In all garages, grilling is prohibited.
NORTH/SOUTH TRAFFIC PATTERNS Passholders in Calhoun and Corry Garages accessing campus from the south will be asked to enter the structure from the Calhoun Street side. Patrons entering from the north off of Jefferson Avenue can reach their garages from Corry Street.
Bus shuttles are available before, during and after the game from Eden Garage. Shuttles start 4 hours before the game starts and will continue for one hour post game. Shuttles will drop off at the University Ave Circle and at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Woodside Dr. The closest gate to these drop off points is Gate 8.
Reserve the same seat for all seven home games for the 2016 football season. Season ticket holders have the right to keep their same seats from year to year, add or relocate seats and the right to purchase any post-season games such as the AAC Championship and Bowl games prior to the general public. Season tickets begin at just $99! Buy Now!
Premium Seating Options
Enjoy the newly constructed Premium Areas of Nippert Stadium! Premium Seating Areas include the Scholarship Club seats, Patio Suites, Founders Suites and the Founders Club. All premium seat locations are located in the new structure on the West Side of Nippert Stadium. For more information please call the UCATS office at (513)-556-4884 or click here.
Faculty & Staff Tickets
University of Cincinnati Faculty/Staff can purchase up to 2 football season tickets at a discounted rate while purchasing additional season tickets at the general public rate. Discounted Faculty/Staff season tickets are available in each area of the Nippert Stadium bowl. Faculty/Staff season tickets begin at just $75! Depending on seating area a required UCATS per seat donation may be required. For more information, click here.
Bearcats Young Alumni Program
University of Cincinnati alumni who have graduated within the past 5 years are eligible to purchase up to 4 season tickets in Section 116 at a cost of $100 per ticket ($75 ticket $25 UCATS donation). Become a season ticket holder today and join your friends in Nippert! For more information, click here.
Starting at just $99 you can secure your seat for the BYU game on Saturday, November 5th and choose any of our two other home games. Our 2016 Mini Pack goes on-sale Monday, July 18th. Buy Now!
For information on replacing lost or stolen tickets to an event at Nippert Stadium, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office directly at 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit the Bearcats Ticket Office.
The unlawful resale of any event ticket on Nippert Stadium grounds, and/or event parking lots is strictly PROHIBITED and may result in the loss of ticket privileges and/or prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
Will call tickets for regular fans and band guests can be picked up on the west concourse of Fifth Third Arena (near the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center).
Football player guest tickets can be picked up on the third floor of the Richard E. Lindner Center.
Coaches' guests, dance/cheerleader guests and visiting team player guest tickets can be picked up inside the fourth-floor atrium of the Richard E. Lindner Center.