Feb. 29, 2008
CINCINNATI - When University of Cincinnati football fans arrive in Nippert Stadium this fall they will continue to see changes as the football program continues its evolution as a championship program. Highlighting those changes in 2008 will be the Bearcats' sideline move from the west side (press box) of the stadium to the east side (Herschede-Shank Pavilion) and the creation of the Bearcats Club in the atrium of the award-winning Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center in the heart of Varsity Village.
The team's sideline move was made in response to numerous concerns including stadium security and creating a better home-field advantage, which will in turn help the football team in recruiting its student-athletes and its postseason bowl prospects.
"When our fans come to Nippert Stadium for each and every home football game, we want to pump up the incredible home-field atmosphere they generated at our sell-outs last season," said head coach Brian Kelly. "By having even more of our fans right behind our bench, we will not only see our fans from across the field, we will feel the excitement, and hear all of their support. By coming to campus early, being loud, and wearing black to every game, we can all help make Nippert Stadium the best game day atmosphere in the BIG EAST."
In the past, UC and its opponent crisscrossed at mid-field both at halftime and postgame, creating delays moving both teams to their locker rooms which were located on opposite sides of the stadium. With the new arrangement, the two teams will not cross paths and will create a more sportsmanlike atmosphere for all involved.
The new sideline configuration, along with the relocation of the visitors section, also allows the UC faithful to create a much better home-field advantage in two ways:
1. By breaking up the 3,400 visitors seats into different sections (120-127 and 214-215), UC will be putting a sea of "Red and Black" in full view of the national television audiences and postseason bowl scouts who watch our games each week on the ESPN family of networks, and;
2. Providing more UC fans access to the additional fan-based amenities (concessions and restrooms) that are located on the east side of Nippert Stadium.
After season tickets go on sale on Monday, March 3, current season ticket holder seat locations from 2007 will be held until April 30, 2008. Following this date, all ticket accounts that have not been paid in-full will be released for sale. This is a firm deadline.
After April 30, the seat locations will be offered to UCATS members and renewed season ticket holders for upgrades and to new season ticket holders based on UCATS priority points. All season ticket holders who pay their accounts in full by April 30 will also receive a special limited edition CATS EYES car magnet (one per patron) so UC fans can show their Bearcats pride wherever they go.
In addition to the car magnet, UC season ticket holders also receive the best seat locations in Nippert Stadium as well as invitations to exclusive events like the Bearcat Bowl II Draft Party (April 12) and Meet the Team Day (August 10).
All 2008 season ticket holders will receive admission to the all-new pregame Bearcats Club in the Lindner Athletics Center. Complimentary light snacks and drinks will be available, while supplies last, and patrons will have a chance to see special club-only video presentations specific to each game, visit the UC Athletics Hall of Fame, and the award-winning George and Helen Smith Athletics Museum. Former UC letterwinners will also be on hand to mingle with the fans and reminisce about past UC football glory days.
"The 2008 season ticket packages provide our season ticket patrons the best possible value to see college football in the history of UC," says Director of Athletics Mike Thomas. "Nippert Stadium is the most intimate grid iron venue in the BIG EAST Conference and with 2007 BIG EAST Coach of the Year Brian Kelly bringing in a great recruiting class and a solid nucleus from last year's 10-win team, Nippert Stadium is going to be an exciting place to be for all six games this fall."
2008 Bearcats Football Season Ticket packages include:
UCATS Reserved - $232 (includes a $50 bowl ticket credit - donation required)
Sit in the best seats in the house! UCATS reserved tickets offer priority seating, while enjoying the benefits of a UCATS membership. Also earn a $50 bowl ticket credit^ and additional bowl game incentives. Bowl game tickets may require an additional charge per ticket after the credit in applied.
Non-UCATS Reserved - $232 (includes a $50 bowl ticket credit, No UCATS donation required)
Non-UCATS Reserved season tickets lock in your seat for all of the excitement of a Bearcats Football game day. Also earn a $50 bowl ticket credit^ and additional bowl game incentives. Bowl game tickets may require an additional charge per ticket. The $232 package remains one of the best bargains in the BIG EAST.
Family Plan - $199 (donation to UCATS required per family of four (4))
Gather the family for six exciting games at Nippert Stadium this fall. It's the best value in the BIG EAST and always sells out fast. The package includes fan-friendly entertainment at each home game, four (4) reserved tickets to each home game, and two (2) Cincinnati Kid's Club Memberships (a $60 value), a savings of $98 per game off a regularly priced single-game ticket purchase. The base Family Plan price is $199, and requires a donation to UCATS.
As part of your UCATS membership, you will receive the following benefits:
1. Tax Credit - All UCATS donations are 80% tax deductible. (Example: $50 donation x 80 % = $40 deduction)
2. Family enjoys all benefits of UCATS membership, including but not limited to: invitations to special events, first priority when purchasing individual game tickets, bowl ticket priority, access to exclusive game-day events/hospitalities, and a one-year subscription to the Bearcats Sports Digest.
Bearcats Lair - $90
The loudest and proudest seating area in college football was SOLD OUT in 2007. Seating will be based on the renewal status of current season ticket holders. Bearcats Lair purchases includes a limited edition black T-shirt. To inquire about ticket availability, please call 1-877-CATS-TIX. As with 2007, the 2008 Bearcats Lair package is still the least expensive season ticket available in the BIG EAST Conference.
Faculty/Staff - $158 (includes a $50 bowl ticket credit)
Employees of the University of Cincinnati will enjoy discounted season ticket rates again for the 2008 season in the Non-UCATS areas of the stadium. Order now and save $74 off a regularly priced single game ticket purchase. New this season, you will also earn a $50 bowl ticket credit^ and additional bowl game incentives. Bowl game tickets may require an additional charge per ticket after the credit in applied.
UC Athletics will offer single-game tickets to UCATS members and mini plans to the public for the 2008 football season beginning July 15. On August 1, the single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public.
Special pricing for group tickets is available now for parties of more than 15 for any of the six (6) 2008 home football games. For more information please call a member of our customer service team at 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Single-game tickets and inventory for mini-plans will be subject to availability following 2008 season ticket sales. To make sure that you have a seat for games in Nippert Stadium it is recommended that you choose one of the season ticket options mentioned above.
To eliminate seating issues and ensure our fans that there is a seat for every ticket sold in Nippert Stadium, general admission seats have been eliminated for the 2008 season.
Fans with questions regarding 2008 season ticket packages are encouraged to call the UC Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX for more details prior to tickets going on sale Monday, March 3. Sales will begin via phone and online at www.CATSTIX.com at 8 a.m.
^ - UCATS Reserved, Non-UCATS Reserved, and Faculty/Staff season ticket packages each include a $50 credit towards the purchase of a bowl ticket. These credits are neither refundable, nor transferable.
In the unforeseen event that UC does not advance to a postseason bowl game, the total value of your bowl ticket credits ($50 per seat) will be applied towards your UCATS account. A portion of the credit may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax adviser for specific interpretations per your tax applicability.
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