Aug. 25, 2008
CINCINNATI – The BIG EAST Conference and its member institutions passed new sportsmanship legislation banning non-credentialed individuals from entering the playing surface after the completion of a game. As a member of the conference, the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will comply with the new rules and beginning with the 2008 football season will discontinue the practice of allowing fans to enter onto the playing surface following a game at Nippert Stadium.
The new rules were enacted for the safety of fans, athletes, and coaches.
“This change was a proactive move by the BIG EAST to make attending games a safer environment for all,” said UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas. “As a conference, we decided it was time to engage in this matter and worked as a league and member institutions to put forth legislation that was consistent at all BIG EAST venues.”
The Bearcats kick off the 2008 season this Thursday, Aug. 28 against Eastern Kentucky in Nippert Stadium at 7:30 p.m.