Enhancement Project for Practice Gymnasium Completed

Aug. 14, 2012

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Fifth Third Arena playing floor resurfacing (time lapse)

Fifth Third Arena playing floor reinstalled (time lapse)

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CINCINNATI - After having regained national acclaim with back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament - including last year's run to the Sweet 16 - the University of Cincinnati men's basketball program has continued its positive momentum with steps this summer to upgrade its practice gymnasium and playing surface at Fifth Third Arena.

Recently completed enhancements to the practice gym include the installation of acoustic panels (from ZSR Construction and Restoration) along its walls and roof as well as graphics highlighting the Bearcats' winning tradition. The panels help minimize reverberating noise and echoes and make the facility more functional while the graphics salute the accomplishments of former players.  

 "We have a proud and storied tradition in men's basketball here and our practice gym now showcases our former great players and teams of the past," UC head coach Mick Cronin said. "I know our players will be very excited to see the gym when we return from break and I am hopeful our recruits will be impressed as well."

The facility, which is also used by the UC women's basketball and volleyball programs, is located on the first floor of the Richard E. Lindner Center under Fifth Third Arena. Donations from the basketball fundraising group, the Tip-Off Club, were used toward the project. Some additional funding from women's basketball and volleyball also was designated.

"I want to thank Dave Herche and the members of the Tip-Off Club for their support and gifts that allowed us to decorate the practice gym in a first-class manner," Cronin said.

The practice gym enhancement project started in June and was finished in early August.

Also completed this summer was a resurfacing and redesign of the playing floor at Fifth Third Arena. The floor was dismantled and reinstalled in the Armory Fieldhouse in June where it was resurfaced and repainted with a new design. The floor was reinstalled at Fifth Third Arena in early August.

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