Nippert Stadium is getting a massive renovation after this season. The Bearcats were technically homeless. Until today. That’s when it was announced they are playing the 2014 season at Paul Brown Stadium. UC has played numerous games over the years at PBS. The Bearcats played the marquee home games of the 2010 and 2011 seasons at PBS. Oklahoma drew 58,253 in 2010. Louisville drew a little over 40,000 and West Virginia a little over 48,000 in 2011. The major problem with the move is that there is no Louisville or West Virginia on the schedule. USF, Memphis, Houston, UCF, they probably aren’t going to break down the doors at PBS. Even if they did, 40,000 in an NFL stadium looks pretty bad. The Louisville game would have rocked Nippert. At PBS it looked empty.
But beggars can’t be choosers. The Bearcats have a fine facility to play their games next season. Don’t believe me?
The stadium is a first-class facility.
That’s a quote from Whit Babcock in the previously linked article. I can tell that whets your appetite. Here is the whole quote.
“We’re very thankful to the Bengals and the County for being great neighbors and working with us,” Babcock said. “I was impressed with the game day atmosphere we were able to create at PBS in 2011 and the stadium is a first-class facility. While we will have some logistical issues to deal with in moving an entire season of games to Paul Brown, I know our staff has a great working relationship with the Bengals and I am confident the environment will be the next best thing to Nippert Stadium.”
That’s good news for everyone. If you are on the fence, think about this. At PBS, you won’t have to worry about finding parking at UC’s campus.