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Bearcats Unveil New Football Locker Room

zach stipe

Associate AD / Communications

CINCINNATI- Cincinnati Athletics officially unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art game day football locker room on Wednesday.

The locker room, emblazoned throughout with “Cincinnati Bearcats” and the TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) mantra and featuring neon lights, a hype tunnel and a fuel station and nutrition bar, will continue to reside in the Richard E. Lindner Center and is connected to Nippert Stadium.

“Investments like this locker room project will prepare our football student-athletes for next level success by providing them a game day experience that is second to none,” said Cincinnati Director of Athletics John Cunningham. “From the graphics and the lighting to the fuel station and the additional space, this new locker room is truly incredible. It is a reflection of where our program is at, and where we are headed.”

At a cost of $4 million, the project was paid for entirely by philanthropic funds as part of the Day One Ready Campaign and added nearly 2,000 square feet to the space.

Barry Bucher and his family made the lead gift to upgrade and renovate the locker room.

Skanska USA served as the construction manager for the project.

“We appreciate the continued opportunity to work with an outstanding organization such as the University of Cincinnati and are honored to play a role in the superior success of Bearcats Athletics,” said Skanska Executive Vice President & General Manager Chris Hopper.

The upgraded game day locker room gives the Bearcats, fresh off a College Football Playoff appearance, one of the best team areas in the country for competition.

The renovated locker room features:

  • An additional 2,000 square feet
  • 120 custom lockers with each player’s name and number
  • A hype tunnel with custom graphics and illuminated signage
  • A new sound system
  • A fuel station and nutrition bar
  • Enhanced ventilation systems
  • Best-in-class technology

The overall initiative also included the renovation of the Bob Goin Football Team Room.

The locker room project is part of the first wave of signature facilities upgrades of the Day One Ready Campaign, a $100 million fundraising initiative focused on achieving Next Level Success from the moment the Bearcats join the Big 12.

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// ABOUT CINCINNATI ATHLETICSThe University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with the vision to reach Next Level Success for all 18 varsity teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletics history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. The Cincinnati men’s basketball team is among the 15 winningest programs all-time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to compete in the College Football Playoff in 2021. Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the several luminaries who have competed as Bearcats.
UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3,369 overall GPA in the spring of 2021 with 77 percent earning spots on the Honor Roll, while six student-athletes collected CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
Under the leadership of Director of Athletics John Cunningham, and supported by more than 150 full-time staff members, UC Athletics’ mission is to connect ourcommunity, enhance our University and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.

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