Oct. 12, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics announced Friday a general admission seating plan for the student section at Fifth Third Arena for the 2012-13 men’s basketball season along with a student loyalty program that qualifies students for exciting benefits.
“The new general admission plan for the student section is a change that the department hopes will make it easier for students to sit alongside their friends and support the Bearcats,” UC associate athletics director for marketing and strategic communications Brad Wurthman said.
The student section, located on the baselines behind each basket in the arena, will be divided into two sides designated as the Black C and the Red C. The Black C will be on the north side of the arena (the side closest to the UC bench) and the Red C will be on the south side of the arena (the side closest to the visiting team’s bench). Students will receive a designated wristband from ushers at the top of their desired section upon entry to the arena. Students can then choose their seat.
Students also are asked to wear black or red depending on the side of their seat location (unless the contest is specifically designated as a White Out, Black Out or Ring of Red event).
STUDENT LOYALTY PROGRAM
The Student Loyalty Program for the upcoming basketball season rewards the most devoted students in Bearcats Nation. For every home game students attend, they will receive points (nonconference and exhibition games – two points; BIG EAST Conference games – one point) that qualify them for exciting benefits. A student leaderboard, updated each Monday at www.GoBEARCATS.com/students, will track student progress.
“Our students are the best in the country,” Wurthman said. “Their support all season long helps create an electric atmosphere in Fifth Third Arena and impacts games. The loyalty program rewards their allegiance.”
The loyalty program will be divided into two phases with the first phase concluding with the Alabama contest on Dec. 1 and the second phase wrapping up with the end of the regular season. The top 300 students ranked on the leaderboard from attendance figures compiled through the Alabama game will have the ability to secure up to two student tickets for the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic on Dec. 19 at U.S. Bank Arena. Only 600 complimentary student tickets will be available for the game. All students who have secured the opportunity to join the Bearcats at U.S. Bank Arena will be notified by email on Dec. 2. Students can earn up to 14 points during the first phase (seven home games).
The second phase begins immediately following the Alabama game. Students will continue to earn points and the leaders will be selected to participate in halftime contests, on-court recognitions, and have the first exclusive opportunity to access tickets to postseason games in the BIG EAST tournament held at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., as well as potential games in the NCAA tournament.
Students earn points toward these benefits only if they attend the games. Securing a ticket alone does not count toward a student’s progress in the loyalty program.
Complete details on the loyalty program as well general student ticket distribution information is available at www.GoBEARCATS.com/students.