Fifth Third Arena
|Former names||Myrl H. Shoemaker Center (1990-2005)|
Cincinnati, OH 45221 USA
|Owner||University of Cincinnati|
|Operator||University of Cincinnati|
|Surface||All-Star Plus (basketball floor)|
|Opened||September 12, 1989|
|Construction cost||US$32 million
($60.9 million in 2015 dollars)
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
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.
As of January 22, 2015, the Bearcats are 349-74 (.825) all-time at Fifth Third Arena, including a 42-game win streak from 1997-2000. 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.
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.
Possible future renovation
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.
On June 23, 2015, WXIX-TV reported the price rose up to $80 Million. The project description says the new seating layout would feature a 360 degree seating bowl, blowing out the retractable seating in the lower level. To accomplish this, the existing stairs, restrooms and concession stands on the main concourse would be demolished. Fans would no longer have to climb a flight of stairs in order to access their seats in the lower bowl, according to renderings. The University says the most significant change would be the creation of an all new upper level concourse featuring restrooms, concessions and retail kiosks for fans located in the upper bowl. The new capacity would be 10,818. Per the Fifth Third Arena RFQ (Ohio Facilities Construction Commission) Construction would start in March 2016 with completion by September 2017. The Bearcats would play games off campus during the 2016-17 season during the renovation 
Season-by-season Bearcats record at Fifth Third Arena
- 1989-90: 10–4
- 1990-91: 12–4
- 1991-92: 15–2
- 1992-93: 14–0
- 1993-94: 18–2
- 1994-95: 9–4
- 1995-96: 13–1
- 1996-97: 13–3
- 1997-98: 19–1
- 1998-99: 14–0
- 1999-00: 13–1
- 2000-01: 11–3
- 2001-02: 18–0
- 2002-03: 13–3
- 2003-04: 18–1
- 2004-05: 15–2
- 2005-06: 14–5
- 2006-07: 10–8
- 2007-08: 10–7
- 2008-09: 14–5
- 2009-10: 12–4
- 2010-11: 15–3
- 2011-12: 14–4
- 2012-13: 13–5
- 2013-14: 18–1
- 2014-15: 15-3
OVERALL: 357–74 (.828)
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "UC proposes $70M renovation of Fifth Third Arena". wlwt.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- Hawley, Brad. "UC attempting $80 million renovation of Fifth Third Arena". Fox19.com. WorldNow. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- Groeschen, Tom (17 June 2015). "Gardens among options when UC renovates Fifth Third". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
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