Fifth Third Arena

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Fifth Third Arena
The Shoe
Former names Myrl H. Shoemaker Center (1990-2005)
Location Scioto Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221 USA
Owner University of Cincinnati
Operator University of Cincinnati
Capacity 13,176
Surface All-Star Plus (basketball floor)
Broke ground 1987
Opened September 12, 1989
Construction cost US$32 million
($60.9 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Glaser Associates
General contractor Turner Construction
Cincinnati Bearcats

Fifth Third Arena is a 13,176-seat multipurpose arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The arena opened in 1989 and is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. It primarily serves as the home venue for the Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball teams and hosts other events. It is located in the Myrl H. Shoemaker Center, which was also the name of the arena until 2005, when it was named for Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank. It is still popularly known as "The Shoe".

The facility hosted the 1994 Great Midwest Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments, the 1998 Conference USA men's basketball & volleyball tournaments, the 1999 NCAA Mideast Women's Basketball Regional, the 2003 NCAA West Women's Basketball Subregional, and the 2006 Big East volleyball championship.

Cincinnati has compiled a 205-27 record and an 88.4 winning percentage since its opening in 1989-90, and an 99-9 ledger over the past seven years. In the 1999-2000 season, every Bearcat home game was sold out. During the Bob Huggins era, it was known as one of the most hostile arenas in the nation due to the high decibel levels typical of his tenure.[citation needed]

A new basketball court was installed for the 2003-2004 season. It is a similar floor to ones used in the NBA. Like its predecessor, it is named Ed Jucker court, in honor of the coach who led the Bearcats to their two national championships.

The building was previously named for Myrl H. Shoemaker, the former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Ohio. Prior to the building of The Shoe, the Bearcats played off-campus at Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena) and the Cincinnati Gardens. Their previous on-campus arena, Armory Fieldhouse, has been renovated for recreational use, and is located adjacent to the arena to the north.

Interior 2008

Possible future renovation[edit]

On October 31, 2014 WLWT reported that the arena, could be in line for a $70 million facelift. The project would reduce the amount of seating, but improve visibility in the arena. It would also upgrade club areas, restrooms, and even add a new roof. If the project is started, it would reportedly take two years, starting in April 2016 and wrapping up in November 2017.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "UC proposes $70M renovation of Fifth Third Arena". Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°07′52″N 84°30′51″W / 39.131101°N 84.514207°W / 39.131101; -84.514207