Men’s Basketball Season Tickets Sold Out Behind Record Sales

 In Marketing, Press Release

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati athletics announced Tuesday that 2018-19 men’s basketball season tickets are sold out for the Bearcats return to Fifth Third Arena after a 20-month, privately funded $87-million renovation.

In all, nearly 9,000 season tickets have been sold, breaking the single-season record for the 29-year old facility.

“The renovation of Fifth Third Arena represents a significant commitment to athletics by our university, and the overwhelming response of our donors and fans has been truly inspiring,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said. “We salute our passionate fans in announcing an official sellout of our season tickets, the highest mark in program history. We look forward to providing a wonderful experience for our students and guests, and creating an environment in our on-campus arena that will give our student-athletes a true home-court advantage, beginning Nov. 7 as we host Ohio State for the first time since 1920.”


Bohn also announced Tuesday the creation of a season ticket waiting list in an effort to manage the historic high demand. Fans interested in securing season tickets for future seasons are encouraged to join the no-cost waitlist, which will be organized on a first-come, first-served basis. Importantly, fans who join will also be among the first to gain access to limited numbers of 2018-19 single-game tickets that will become available for premium home games this season, such as Ohio State, Xavier, and UCLA, including standing room only.


Fans can join by visiting


Mini plans for the upcoming UC men’s basketball season are on sale now.

Starting as low as $200, the five-game mini plan offers Bearcats fans the option to pick three from contests against UCLA (Wednesday, Dec. 19), UConn (Saturday, Jan. 12), SMU (Saturday, Feb. 2), Wichita State (Sunday, Feb. 17) or Memphis (Saturday, March 2) and two other games from the collection of games against Tusculum (exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 1), North Carolina Central (Tuesday, Nov. 13), Milwaukee (Friday, Nov. 16), Western Michigan (Monday, Nov. 19), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Tuesday, Nov. 27), NKU (Tuesday, Dec. 4), South Carolina State (Saturday, Dec. 22), Tulane (Wednesday, Jan. 2), USF (Tuesday, Jan. 15), Tulsa (Thursday, Jan. 24), UCF (Thursday, Feb. 21) and Houston (Sunday, March 10).

Demand for tickets available through the mini plans is high and may be the only way fans can secure their seats for those select games. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase when single-game tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

To purchase season tickets or mini plans, please visit or call 1-877-CATS-TIX.


Fifth Third Arena is currently in the final phase of a privately funded, 20-month, $87-million renovation. Upgrades to the fan experience include:

  • Renovation of the building facade, entries and plazas, including the addition of an outdoor videoboard.
  • Two 360-degree concourses and permanent lower bowl with court-centric seating and new padded chairback seating and cup holder throughout most of the arena.
  • Premium seating options, including more than 500 new club seats with access to the Champions Club, loge box seating, and 16 luxury suites.
  • New hospitality areas, including main and upper level concourse bars available to all fans and the addition of three exclusive clubs – the Arena Club, the Champions Club and the Mercedes-Benz Courtside Club
  • New upper-level concourse with its own fan amenities, including new restrooms, Cincinnati favorite foods in concessions, along with the Queen City Bar, and the Overlook Bar, which are available to all fans and highlight UC Athletics partnerships with Braxton, MadTree and Rhinegeist.
  • Increased points and sale for concessions including some of Cincinnati’s favorite food options – Buffalo Wings & Rings, Frisch’s, Skyline Chili and Taste of Belgium.
  • New center-hung HD videoboard, ribbon boards, sound system and LED lighting to enhance the game atmosphere.
  • The addition of four new LED statistics boards.
  • The addition of four 135-square foot HD boards facing the upper level.
  • New Big Ass Fans® in upper concourse for increased airflow.
  • Open entrance plaza with centralized ticketing and guest services along with the new Fan First Center.

To learn more about the renovated Fifth Third Arena, visit


Fans can get their first look inside newly renovated Fifth Third Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1 when the Bearcats play their lone exhibition game of the preseason against Tusculum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed by Bearcats TV on

Cincinnati officially reopens Fifth Third Arena when it plays host to in-state rival Ohio State in the 2018-19 season opener on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and 700 WLW.


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