The Bearcats football program traces its roots back to 1885. Cincinnati would play Miami of Ohio in the first intercollegiate football game in the state, which helped create a rivalry that has lasted through the years and become one of the most celebrated in college football. Sid Gillman coached the team during one of its most successful eras in the 1940's and ‘50s, where he would win 3 conference titles and take the team to two bowl games during his tenure. The Bearcats have sent 80 players into pro football and developed 30 All-Americans. Cincinnati Bearcats football is a storied program with its sights set on top honors in the Big East and beyond. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cincinnati Bearcats football tickets.
2016 Cincinnati Bearcats Season Preview
The string of solid seasons by the Cincinnati Bearcats continued last year, with the team posting 9 wins, and reaching the Military Bowl. The Bearcats went 7-1 in the AAC and ended as co-champions with Memphis and UCF. Cincinnati will look to stand alone atop the American Athletic Conference in 2015 and will lean on the arm of Gunner Kiel to get them there. Kiel is one of the most dangerous passers in the country, and threw for more than 3,200 yards a year ago. Where the 2015 Bearcats offense will look to improve is in the running game, where Cincinnati struggled for much of last season. There are a number of great home games on the Cincinnati Bearcats 2015 schedule, including Miami, UConn, and UCF.
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Cincinnati Bearcats Football at Nippert Stadium Address: 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45221
The Bearcats play their home games at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The site has been home to Cincinnati football since 1902 and the stadium is among the very oldest in college football. Nippert Stadium holds a capacity crowd of just over 35,000, and after the season they've had, you can bet the stadium will be sold out with Bearcats fans clamoring for their squad to make history this year. The Cincinnati Bearcats home bench is on Nippert Stadium with sections 101-110. Nippert Stadium parking information is covered in our Bearcats event guide.
Cincinnati vs. Miami(OH)
The battle for the “Victory Bell” is the oldest current non-conference rivalry in the country. These two Ohio school have met over 115 times since 1888 and have produced some of the regions best games. The Redhawks currently lead the series by only a slim margin, as neither squad has been able to gain a firm advantage.
Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Initially dominated by Cincinnati, this rivalry has evolved into one of the fiercest games every season. The two squads battle for the “Keg of Nails” which dates back to 1929. This rivalry has spanned over three different conferences and with Louisville entering the ACC, fans from both schools hope that it continues into the future.
Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh
The “River City Rivalry” is one of the most exciting matchups to emerge in recent memory. The inception of the “Paddlewheel Trophy” in 2005 ignited the competitiveness between these two interstate neighbors. The Panthers saw immediate success in the rivalry, but the Bearcats have closed the gap, putting miles underneath the trophy as both schools fight for the right to keep it for the year.
Cincinnati Bearcats in the College Football Playoff and Bowl Games
Members of the new American Athletic Conference, the Bearcats have a long history of winning games that date back to the late 1800’s. Over 572 wins, more than a dozen bowl game appearances and an incredible twelve conference titles, the Cincinnati Bearcats are surely well decorated. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and American Athletic Conference Championship Game.
Cincinnati Bearcats Event Guide
Where can I park at Nippert Stadium?
For those without parking passes Clifton Court, Calhoun and Campus Green garages offer parking on a first-come first-serve basis. You can get to Clifton Court and the Campus Green garages from Martin Luther King Drive. The Calhoun garage is off Calhoun Street. Parking is fee is $7 for cars.
What is the most popular spot for tailgating before a Bearcats football game?
There are multiple tailgating lots but the Cory Lot and Sander Lot on campus are definitely the best, passes are sold on a seasonal basis and are $140 per. The Short Vine district is located just east of campus and provides a great place for visiting fans to get together pregame. There is a family friendly option called Bearcats Kids Zone that offers music, inflatables and games that is available two and half hours before the game and is located at Marge Schott stadium.
What time do the gates open prior to a Bearcats home football game?
The stadium opens and hour and a half before kickoff.
Where is the best place to eat before a Cincinnati Bearcats home game?
Christy's & Lenhardt's is a great spot very close to campus to grab some grub before the game. You can’t go wrong with beer and schnitzel but the sauerkraut balls are their specialty. When in Cinci you’ve got to try the famous Skyline Chili and that can be found in north on Ludow Ave.