**UPDATED 4/14/12 - 11 A.M.**
April 10, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati will play host to Bearcat Bowl VI presented by Fifth Third Bank, the annual spring football game, at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in historic Nippert Stadium.
Head coach Butch Jones and his Bearcats would like to remind fans of all ages about a number of activities surround the event this Saturday. All events are free to the general public.
Below are some helpful tips as you prepare for the Bearcat Bowl VI presented by Fifth Third Bank and Fan Fest.
Tickets to the April 14 Bearcat Bowl VI presented by Fifth Third Bank are free for all patrons. Game time is 4 p.m. ET inside historic Nippert Stadium.
Parking in all campus garages will be $5.
Fans are encouraged to sit on the east side of historic Nippert Stadium. Restrooms and concession stands, along with merchandise stands will be located on the east side of the facility.
The game, which features the 2011 BIG EAST Conference and AutoZone Liberty Bowl Champions, will showcase a fan-friendly and competitive 90-minute preview of the 2012 UC squad. Fans will witness the Red and Black Scrimmage as the offense battles the defense. The contest will feature four 12-minute quarters, regular clock stoppages in the first half, running clock in the second half with a 10-minute halftime.
CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS
UC will recognize the 2011 BIG EAST Conference and Liberty Bowl Champions prior to kickoff. The Department of Athletics will unveil BIG EAST and Liberty Bowl Championship banners inside the stadium.
A 2012 football student season ticket will be up for grabs in the UC student kicking contest. During the game, 2,500 lucky random fans will receive a complimentary mini football thrown into the stands by the cheerleaders. There will be an attendance contest to the top three UC fraternities and sororities that bring the largest group to support and cheer on the Bearcats. Prizes from this attendance contest will benefit the Make-A-Wish contest per the 2012 Greek Week campaign.
OTHER EVENTS ON CAMPUS SATURDAY
The spring game culminates a full day of activities on campus celebrating Bearcat Bowl VI and Fan Fest.
FREE YOUTH MINI-CAMP
The free youth mini-camp is for players up to eighth grade from 12:30-2 p.m. inside the bubble at the Sheakley Athletics Center. The clinic will be led by Head Coach Butch Jones, his staff and selected student-athletes. Registration for the mini-camp begins at 11:30 a.m. inside the bubble at the corner of Jefferson and Corry.
Following the mini-camp, football student-athletes will be on hand to sign autographs inside the bubble from 2:15-2:45 p.m..
THE DUNK TANK
The department of athletics has partnered with UC Fraternity and Sorority Life to make this event the kickoff to its 2012 Greek Week activities. The Bearcats and Greeks have selected the Make-A-Wish foundation to receive proceeds from some events and any donations collected on April 14. During the Bearcats Fan Zone, there will be a dunk tank for $1 per throw where the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. Participants in the dunk tank include UC student athletes, coaches, UC staff, former players and UC student government delegates.
BEARCATS FAN ZONE & FAN FEST
The Bearcats Fan Zone will be open from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sheakley Lawn, featuring activities for Bearcats fans young and old. The Victory Plaza Stage will feature live music throughout the event and football student-athletes will sign autographs for fans from 2:15-2:45 p.m. Other featured events include a dunk tank, inflatable games, cornhole, a Bearcats Kids Club coloring contest, face painting and an opportunity to meet Bearcat and the cheerleaders. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
UC will also hold a Bearcat Gear Super Sale, a public sale of new and vintage equipment, uniforms and apparel on the west concourse of Fifth Third Arena from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
There will be a pep rally from 3:15-3:30 p.m. on Sheakley Lawn performed by our Bearcat Band and cheerleaders with an opportunity to meet the Bearcat.
Be sure to check www.GoBEARCATS.com for more information and follow us @GoBEARCATS on Twitter for real-time updates.