As Cincinnati basketball continues to become a force in the AAC, the university yesterday announced a plan to renovate 26-year-old Fifth Third Arena.
Per the announcement, the school’s Board of Trustees approved an interim funding request of $2.2 million for “completion of the documents in the design development phase” and calls for construction to begin in March of next year. Cincinnati will also seek $85 million in private funding, and the project will be submitted to the board for approval within three months.
Upgrades would improve renovated restrooms and concession stands, plus a 360 degree seating bowl. New premium seating would also be added and the main entrance would also be redone.
Simply put, if the university wants the Bearcats basketball team to stay competitive and keep attracting top-level recruits, a renovation is highly necessary. Cincinnati has gone 185-117 in nine years under Mick Cronin, and a new arena will only add to the momentum.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Go Bearcats