Here's the latest on Fifth Third Arena renovations

The arena exterior is enclosed and the first bleachers are installed in late November as part of the Fifth Third Arena renovation project. (UC Athletics/Bearcats TV)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Several University of Cincinnati sports teams, including the men's basketball squad, aren't playing any home games in the 2017-18 season at Fifth Third Arena due to a huge renovation project.

In 2015, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved an $87-million renovation of Fifth Third Arena, a 26-year-old building. Construction began in late March of 2017 at the completion of the home schedule of basketball season and is to be completed in the fall of 2018.

Proposed improvements to the facility, built in 1989 and originally named the Myrl H. Shoemaker Center, include the creation of a 360-degree seating bowl, new HD scoreboard, ribbon boards, sound system, an LED lighting system which will allow for enhanced gameday presentation, new restroom and concession facilities, a new upper-level concourse with its own fan amenities, expanded food and beverage options and a new main entrance and plaza with centralized ticketing and guest services. The renovated arena also will feature upgraded locker room spaces, expanded premium seating options, including a courtside club, arena club and concourse club as well as enclosed suites, loge seating, a new Bearcats Lounge and super suites.

So here's a look at what the arena looks like more than eight months later:

Some information courtesy UC Athletics

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