|Location||1624 Herald Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45207
|Surface||Removable Basketball Floor; Concrete|
|Scoreboard||10mm Mitsubishi DiamondVison & 16.5mm LSI/SACO|
|Broke ground||February 26, 1998|
|Opened||November 18, 2000|
|Construction cost||$46 million
($63.2 million in 2016 dollars)
|Structural engineer||McNamara/Salvia, Inc.|
|General contractor||The Opus Group|
(Basketball & volleyball)
Cintas Center is a 10,250 seat multi-purpose arena and conference center at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The arena officially opened in 2000 and was constructed through private donations as part of Xavier University's Century Campaign. It is home to the Xavier University Musketeers basketball and volleyball teams. It is named for the uniform company Cintas.
Cintas Center hosted the Atlantic 10 (A10) Women's Basketball Championship in 2007 and 1st & 2nd Round games of the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. Cintas Center also hosted the A10 Women's Volleyball Championship in 2010 and is a perennial site for OHSAA boys' basketball state tournament games. It has also hosted Cleveland Cavaliers games here since 2014.
On November 2, 2014, Xavier gave nearby Mount St. Joseph University free use of the arena for the school's women's basketball game with Hiram College. The game had been rescheduled, with NCAA approval, to allow terminally ill Mount St. Joseph player Lauren Hill to play in a college game. The game also served as a charity fundraiser for research into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, the brain cancer from which Hill was suffering. On April 13, 2015, the arena hosted a public memorial service for Hill following her death three days earlier. Later that year, the two schools launched the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic, an annual season-opening event featuring both schools' women's teams, at the arena.
Within the main arena are 22 luxury boxes as well as the Joseph Club, a VIP bar overlooking the court. A practice facility, the Kohlhepp Family Auxiliary Gym, is attached to the arena and is used by the athletic teams, as well as being used as additional event space, when needed. There are also a state-of-the-art weight and training rooms as well as 4 large locker rooms. There is also a media room that is used for a work room as well as press conferences. The 2008-09 season saw a new design for the basketball floor. The arena saw a multimillion-dollar technology upgrade during the summer of 2010. A new, 10mm centerhung Mitsubishi DiamondVision video board was installed along with 16.5mm LSI/SACO scoring panels, a 360° ring and almost 600' of LED fascia ribbon board. An auxiliary scoreboard was also installed on the north wall of the arena. The luxury suites and Joseph Club were also renovated.
As a concert venue Cintas Center can seat as few as 2,000 or as many as 10,000. The arena features 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of space. It also is used for trade shows, conventions, and corporate meetings, among other events. Cintas Center also hosts upwards of 30 graduations each year.
Concerts, Performers & Speakers at Cintas Center
- Bob Dylan
- Michael Moore
- Dave Chappelle
- Trey Anastasio
- Cornel West
- Talib Kweli
- Chuck D
- Paul Rusesabagina
- Sr. Helen Prejean
- Ben Folds
- Andrew Bird
- The Isley Brothers
- Jane Goodall
- Paula Deen
- John Boehner
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Demetri Martin
- Ann Coulter
- Jack's Mannequin
- Dane Cook
- Aaron Feuerstein
- Jason Mraz
- Sarah Brightman
- The Wiggles
- Dave Ramsey
- Blessid Union of Souls
- Sean Hannity
- Jim Rome
- The Wreckers
- Taking Back Sunday
- Fr. John Corapi
- Elie Wiesel
- Filming location for the 2011 movie The Ides of March (film)
- Neon Trees
- Owl City
Schiff Family Conference Center and Duff Banquet Center
The Schiff Family Conference Center has 5,600 sq ft (520 m2) of meeting space spread across 5 conference rooms and 1 executive board room. One floor below is the 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2) James & Caroline Duff Banquet Center.
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