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UC trustees approve $87M Fifth Third Arena

Rendering of new Fifth Third Arena (Provided by UC) Rendering of new Fifth Third Arena (Provided by UC)

University of Cincinnati trustees on Tuesday approved an $87 million, privately funded renovation of Fifth Third Arena, home of the Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.

“It’s a transformational day for UC Athletics and the University,” said Director of Athletics Mike Bohn in a prepared statement. “We are inspired by the passionate engagement from the Board of Trustees, campus leadership and key constituents who are making a bold commitment to our athletic program and the campus community.

“The cost of the project has grown due to complexities associated with renovating a 26-year-old building in line with our plan to construct a state-of-the-art arena that will be among the finest on-campus facilities in the nation.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2017 and be completed in fall 2018. 

Men's and women's basketball and volleyball home events will be conducted off campus during the 2017-18 season while construction is underway.

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