Here's an interesting nugget from Friday's Big East schedule release: Cincinnati will play two of its conference games at Paul Brown Stadium downtown instead of the on-campus Nippert Stadium.
The two games at the NFL facility will be against Louisville on Oct. 15 and against West Virginia on Nov. 12.
The Bearcats played at the Cincinnati Bengals' home last year against Oklahoma and drew an announced crowd of 58,253. Reviews from the game there were highly positive, and it's no surprise the school would want to try it again to maximize revenue, since Nippert seats a little more than 35,000.
"We’ve opted to move contests against a pair of our traditional rivals to allow more of our fans to enjoy the experience of these games," athletic director Mike Thomas said in an official statement. "We anticipate the demand for these games exceeding the capacity in our on-campus stadium, but we have a great solution not far off our campus that will allow for more fans to attend the game, more parking and tailgating, and NFL-quality stadium amenities."
Cincinnati's athletic department needs the money that extra ticket sales can offer. The drawback, of course, is that Cincinnati gives up the intimate feel and unique home-field environment that Nippert Stadium provides. And the risk by playing the games at Paul Brown against two nearby opponents whose fans generally travel in droves is the stands could include scores of Cardinal and Mountaineer fans those days.
Bearcats fans, how do you feel about playing those conference games in your home away from home?