Fifth Third Arena taking shape in midst of construction

Fifth Third Arena taking shape in the midst of construction (University of Cincinnati)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bearcats' new home is making progress, as media members got a look at the renovations that began at Fifth Third Arena four months ago.

Fans will notice a more visually appealing facade at the entrance of all glass, and the Oscar Robertson statue will be moved to the front east pavilion as well.

There won't be a bad seat in the new arena, which has a target completion date of November 2018.

The Bearcats' longtime home that first opened back in 1989 seated over 13,000, but the projected number after the facelift will be around 12,000, including standing room.

"Everything used to be rectangle or square but now you've got a bowl, so you'll have seats in the corner that have a good angle at the court," said Skanska construction project manager, Bryan Ramsey.

Skanska and Megen are partnering to get the job done.

The Bearcats, as we know, will be sharing a home floor with Northern Kentucky men's team this coming season, but with that November target date so close to the 2018 hoops season, is there added pressure?

"I mean we've got a schedule. There's no pressure when you stick to your schedule," Ramsey said.

Quick disclosure, Bryan is not a UC alum. So, how will the Bearcats' new home stack up?

"It's going to be the best arena in the area. It's going to have more than Xavier, and will be good," he said.

The biggest question is, who gets to take the first jumper on the new court? Our vote is Oscar.

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