Sept. 8, 2010
The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics has a number of events slated for Hometown Heroes Day, the first home football game of the year as the Bearcats take on Indiana State at noon on Saturday in Nippert Stadium.
Bearcats fans are encouraged to come early, be loud, and wear black in order to take in all of the pregame activities slated for the game honoring all local heroes and remembering the tragic events of 9/11.
In a show of support for our military personnel, the Bearcats and the UC Army and Air Force ROTC units will be honoring its scholarship recipients for the 2010 academic year. During pregame and halftime, the Bearcat Band will play musical tributes to fallen heroes from September 11, 2001, military veterans, and local members of first response teams.
The skydivers of UC Football, Team Fastrax, will be back to dazzle Bearcats fans with skydiving acrobatics and a show dedicated to veterans. Fans who head in early will also be treated to a pregame flyover from a B-2 Spirit Bomber arranged by Major General James M. Kowalski, Vice Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command and graduate of the UC ROTC program, who will be on hand for the coin toss.
Finally, UC will be honoring members of the Cincinnati Commandos for their championship, the Cincinnati Cyclones, and the Hamilton Little League World Series team.
Fans will have the first opportunity to see the entire intro video, narrated by Pat Summerall, which was previewed earlier this summer. A video montage honoring former Bearcats and celebrating the heroes of present times will be added to a list of memories for all fans.
Also, UC Athletics would like to thank all local heroes for their continued support of our great city, our great community, and our great nation. We would not be able to continue living day to day without your sacrifices and support. Words cannot express our gratitude and we hope that on this day we will be able to celebrate our brave men and women as both community heroes and Bearcats fans.
Fans should be sure to take in all the activities happening on the UC campus before the game. The UC Army ROTC will be landing two helicopters on Gettler Field and the Bearcats Family Zone will be opening at 9:30am which will provide a great opportunity for families to partake in the Future Bearcats Field where kids can dress up and practice like the Bearcats, the inflatable obstacle courses, and the Family Zone for tattoos and face painting. Our friends from American Cornhole will be in attendance and offering a cornhole tournament and Lucy the Bearcat from the Cincinnati Zoo will join us to cheer on the Bearcats.
To order your tickets for Saturday's home opener, visit www.CATSTIX.com or call 1-877-CATS-TIX. Tickets are still available but selling quickly so make sure to secure your seats early! Season tickets are still available for as low as $180 and can be ordered for Saturday by calling a member of the Bearcats Fan Development team at 1-877-CATS-TIX.