Sept. 8, 2009
2009 Season Home Opener Filled with Game Day Festivities Brian Kelly Bobblehead night, Band Day, and Hometown Hero highlight the night
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics announced Tuesday its pregame festivities for the 2009 football season.
The events start up with the season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Nippert Stadium. The first 5,000 fans entering the stadium that night receive a Brian Kelly Bobblehead sponsored by ProSource.
Bearcat Blitz, the UC Alumni Association's tailgate at the Myers Alumni Center and Sigma Sigma Commons, kicks the night off at 4:30 p.m. The Bearcat Blitz features music, a cookout with food and beverage vendors, and cornhole. Corporate and group tents can be rented prior to each game. To inquire about reservations, call (513) 556-4344 or email email@example.com.
The Bearcats Family Zone on Sheakley Lawn will run from 5-7 p.m. Kids of all ages can enjoy enjoy inflatable games, music, face painting, cornhole, and participate in the new Cincinnati Kids Club Coloring Corner.
Sheakley Lawn is also home to Future Bearcats Field, a mini football field that kids can practice kicking, run drills, and try on jerseys and equipment from 5-7 p.m.
As part of the Hometown Hero Night vs. Southeast Missouri State, fans can also enjoy displays of military vehicles and activities located on Sheakley Lawn, Gettler Stadium, and O'Varsity Way, sponsored by UC's Air Force and Army ROTC.
Season ticket holders are invited to the Bearcats Club, an exclusive pregame event in the atrium of the Richard E. Lindner Center. Fans whom show their season tickets at the main entrance have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Pepsi product and light snacks while supplies last. Fans whom renewed their season tickets prior to April 25 have the chance to claim their renewal gift, a display-sized replica of the 2008 BIG EAST Football Championship Ring. Bearcats Lair members will also have the opportunity to receive their limited edition 2009 Lair black t-shirt.
Two hours and fifteen minutes prior to kickoff, the CATWALK will take place starting at the Kingsgate Marriott and winds its way through the Sigma Sigma commons and on to Nippert Stadium. The UC Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Bearcat will be there to help escort Coach Kelly and the Bearcats to the stadium.
Gates open at 6:00 pm. The pregame fun ends a half-hour prior to kickoff so fans have plenty of time to get to their seats in Nippert Stadium to cheer the Bearcats.
For ticket information, please call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit www.CATSTIX.com.
Southeast Missouri State
The BEARCAT BLITZ (4:30-7 p.m., Sigma Sigma Commons) The UC Alumni Association plays host to pregame activities just north of Nippert Stadium at the Myers Alumni Center and Sigma Sigma Commons. The BEARCAT BLITZ starts three hours before game time and runs until 30 minutes prior to kick-off so fans can be in their seats for the start of the game. The BEARCAT BLITZ features music, a cookout with food and beverage vendors, and cornhole. Corporate and group tents can be rented prior to each game. To inquire about reservations, call (513) 556-4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CATWALK (5:15 p.m., Sigma Sigma Commons) The CATWALK, a Cincinnati tradition started last year, begins approximately two hours and fifteen minutes prior to kick off. Starting at the Marriott Kingsgate and moving through the Sigma Sigma Commons, Coach Kelly, and the Bearcats will make their way to Nippert Stadium. The UC Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Bearcat will be there too. Grab a spot along the route to cheer the Bearcats on to victory!
BEARCATS FAMILY ZONE: (5-7 p.m., Sheakley Lawn) The BEARCATS FAMILY ZONE is always the place to start your family fun before every UC football home game. Located on Sheakley Lawn adjacent to the Richard E. Linder Center and Nippert Stadium (Gate 2 Entrance), kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable games, music, face painting, cornhole and participate in the new Kids Club Coloring Corner. The BEARCATS FAMILY ZONE is available two and a half hours prior to kick off and can be accessed from Corry Avenue, located west of Marge Schott Stadium. Be sure to bring your youngest Bearcats' fans to enjoy all of the unique pregame fun!
FUTURE BEARCATS FIELD: (5:00-7:00 pm, Sheakley Lawn) Kids can visit the Future Bearcats Field on Sheakley Lawn from 5:00-7:00 pm for each home football game. Future Bearcats Field includes a mini football field that kids can practice kicking, run drills and try on jerseys and equipment. Great way for parents to take fun photos of their children playing football!
BEARCATS CLUB (5:00-7:00 pm, Richard E. Lindner Center) All 2009 Bearcats football season ticket holders are invited to an exclusive pregame event, BEARCATS CLUB, located in the atrium of the Richard E. Lindner Center prior to every home football game. Fans show their season ticket at the main entrance of the Richard E. Lindner Center and have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Pepsi product and light snacks (while supplies last). This is the perfect last stop prior to entering the stadium. For the first two home games, fans that renewed their season tickets prior to April 25, have the opportunity to claim their renewal gift and the BEARCAT LAIR members have the opportunity to receive their complimentary limited edition 2009 Lair black t-shirt.
NOTE: For season ticket holders that are unable to visit the Bearcats Club prior to the first two home football games, fans can visit the UC Athletics Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to receive their LAIR shirt or renewal gift.
ON-CAMPUS TAILGATING LOTS: (3:30 p.m.-Corry or Sander Lot) START: 4 hours prior to Kick off, must have a valid T1 or T2 permit FINISH: 60 minutes following the conclusion of the game KICKOFF: 7:30 pm
INGAME PROMOTIONS: -Hometown Hero Night Presentation of ROTC scholarship recipients -Aerial Performances
Halftime: -Band day performance: sixteen local high schools from the tri-state area perform -Fourth Annual Women's Football 101 check presentation and human pink ribbon.