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Cincinnati looks to upgrade facilities from the inflatable bubble (Link)

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"The #8 Cincinnati Bearcats currently practice in an inflatable practice bubble during winter and some spring workouts when there is inclement weather. The bubble has been beneficial for UC’s finances as the athletic department is frequently cited as getting the best bang for buck when compared to other athletic departments nationwide.

With the Big 12 invite and tens of millions more dollars on the way due to a more lucrative TV deal, the University of Cincinnati has their eyes set on a permanent indoor practice facility for the program. This was the first thing John Cunningham mentioned when asked about capital projects for the athletic department. An IPF would appeal to recruits and most importantly, would be emblematic of a top 10 program. Plus, they would have an indoor facility before the Bengals.

Space is an issue for an on-campus IPF which likely means it will be somewhere outside of Clifton. While this is a concern, the primary focus is acquiring the funding to make the IPF a reality. If $4 million are already in the coffers for a $40M-$70M project, that’s a nice start, but will donors be ready to shell out more money after upgrades were already made to Nippert Stadium and Fifth-Third Arena in excess of $170 million.

With more TV money flowing in, I have no doubt an IPF will eventually be built, but it has to be done sooner than later in order to compete for the best recruits and retain Fickell. Hopefully, by 2024-2025, there is a set date on when construction will begin."

[Post edited by charlie27858 at 09/24/2021 11:25AM]

Link: Cincy looks to upgrade facilitiess

Posted: 09/24/2021 at 11:22AM


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