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Crosstown Shootout gets a new home and name


US Bank Arena is the newest home to the Queen City's biggest rivalry game now called the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic.

The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University announced the name and neutral venue changes Thursday afternoon at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Talks about the game moving to US Bank began to surface earlier this year in May. 

Last year, a fight broke out with 9.4 seconds left in the Crosstown Shootout game that resulted in multiple suspensions for both teams.

UC President Gregory Williams and Xavier President Father Michael Graham announced the decision side by side.

"This is just the latest example of UC and Xavier working together and have a tremendous source of pride for both of our universities, our fans, alumni, our hometown of the city of Cincinnati," says Williams.

In addition to the game's sponsor, Skyline Chili, the Classic will also have a new benefactor. A portion of the proceeds from game ticket sales will be donated to the Freedom Center.

"Welcoming a beneficiary and a community partner of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic builds on this commitment of collaboration and celebrates the good things each of our schools does in the community and especially those things we do together," says Graham.

Both coaches UC's Mick Cronin and XU's Chris Mack support the idea and both have strong wins on the court in US Bank.

"Anytime you get a chance to play a big time game at a neutral site is an advantage for your team. We haven't lost down there in awhile so I was all for this," says Cronin.

"We haven't lost there in awhile either," says Mack.

"Whether the floor is over at US Bank Arena, University of Cincinnati or Xavier, it's going to be a great game."

FOX19 reached out to Crosstown fans to find out what they think of the changes.

"That's not going to work out. It's all the hoopla of having everybody go to UC or go to Xavier that's what it's supposed to be about," says Steve Mills.

"It definitely has to happen because obviously everybody is very pumped up all the time and you have to go neutral, you have to," says Vicki Abner.

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