UC to Celebrate Inaugural Lacrosse Match at Sheakley Athletics Center

March 25, 2013

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team will play host to its inaugural match at the Sheakley Athletics Center Friday, March 29 when it battles the University of Detroit Mercy Titans at 7 p.m. ET.

In celebration of its first competition at Sheakley, UC invites patrons to the Bearcats Fan Zone from 6-7 p.m. on the SAC concourse. The fan zone includes face painting, sign making, games and inflatables. In addition, the first 200 fans will receive a commemorative Sheakley Athletics Center hat and 2013 lacrosse schedule poster.

The Bearcats (4-4) are off to their best home start in program history, having won their first three home matches. UC opened the season with a thrilling, last second 12-11 win over Niagara and followed with wins over Liberty (7-3) and Presbyterian (22-6). The 22 goals against and 16-goal margin of victory over Presbyterian set program records.

“We look forward to playing on our home field for the first time,” lacrosse head coach Gina Oliver said. “The Sheakley Athletics Center is an amazing facility and we are extremely lucky to call it home.”

Admission to both the fan zone and the lacrosse match is free and concessions will be available.

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Located on the corner of Corry Boulevard and Glen Sample Way, and adjacent to the Marge Schott Baseball Stadium, the Sheakley Athletics Center is a state-of-the-art complex that includes two fields, one 100 yards in length and the other 50 yards. The fields provide additional practice space, while the 100-yard field offers the lacrosse team an intimate location with stands, press box, and scoreboard to play its games. The100-yard field transforms into an indoor practice facility from November to late February thanks to an air-supported structure or “bubble” that inflates over the field. When inflated, the structure gives the department of athletics an additional 72,200 square-feet of all weather space for practice. The bubble maintains an interior ambient temperature between 50-60 degrees in the winter.