In Game

Nippert Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in all of the college football having been around for over 90 years. The stadium has been home to Bearcats football since 1924 and has seen a lot of great moments over the course of its history meaning you’ll definitely feel like you’re somewhere special when taking in a Bearcats game at Cincinnati.

It isn’t just the age of Nippert Stadium that makes it a great place to take in a game, but also the electric atmosphere it offers as well. Nippert Stadium is one of the loudest stadiums in the country despite it only holding 40,000 fans. The enclosed sides all around the stadium really trap in the noise making it a very difficult place for opponents to play. In fact, Nippert Stadium can be so loud that it has even been referred to as “baby Death Valley.”

The stadium itself may have great acoustics for creating an intimidating atmosphere for visiting players, but the fans are what really create the intense atmosphere at Cincinnati football games. The students and fans at Cincinnati are some of the loudest and most dedicated fans in the nation as everyone comes out dressed head to toe in red and black on game days. The students never sit during the game and their screams go a long way towards providing one of the toughest venues for opposing teams.

You’ll have a great time taking in a game at historic Nippert Stadium, which has a lot to offer not only with its incredible atmosphere but also with its longstanding history.

Things to check out

Nippert’s Last Words

You can find Jimmy Nippert’s last words written on the granite marker dedicated to him in the south end zone. The marker is a great tribute to the stadium’s namesake, so make sure to check it out.

ROTC Push Ups

After every Bearcats score, Cincinnati ROTC members do one push-up for each point the Bearcats have scored. Join in if you would like, and feel the burn as the Bearcats run up the score on the opposition.


Cincinnati has two mascots that can be seen on gameday. The costumed mascot known as The Bearcat as well as a real live bearcat named Lucy. These two bearcats can be seen on the sideline during games so look for them during stoppages in play.

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University of Cincinnati Bearcat Band

Cincinnati’s 260 member marching band puts on a great performance during game days. Not only do they perform at the tailgate before the game, but they also put on a halftime show that will leave you glued to your seat.

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Fight Songs

  1. Cheer Cincy

    The Bearcats primary fight song

    Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win
    Fight to the finish, never give in (Rah, Rah, Rah)
    You do your best boys, we’ll do the rest boys, Onward to victory!
    Go Red, Go Black, Go Bearcats! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    (Give me a) B-E-A-R-C-A-T-S Go UC!

  2. Red and Black

    The Red and Black shall triumph,
    As we’re struggling down the field!
    Oh fight for Cincinnati,
    McMicken’s foes shall yield:
    Remember men, the honor,
    that hangs upon this game;
    Remember you are battling
    now for old McMicken’s fame!  Fight, Cincinnati,
    and show the foe who holds the sway;
    For the Red and Black shall drive them back, And win the game today:
    Fight Cincinnati: the victory’s ours again, The bonfire’s light will flare tonight,
    The Red and Black shall reign!

  3. Give a Cheer

    Come on and give a cheer for dear Old Cincy.
    Lift your voice in praises clear.
    Show you’re pulling hard for Cincy,
    School we love and hold so dear.
    Yea Cincy!
    Loyal to our Alma Mater,
    We will ever down the foe,
    Fight! Boys! Fight! The battle is on!
    Yea Bearcats! See us go! 

  4. Alma Mater

    O Cincinnati, magic name,
    I proudly to the world proclaim;
    No sweeter word ever charmed my ear,
    None to my heart was ever so dear,
    A fountain of eternal youth,
    a tower of strength, a rock of truth.
    Oh varsity, dear varsity,
    thy loyal children we will be,
    Thy loyal, loyal children we will be.  Of wealth and station some may boast,
    of wide renown from coast to coast;
    None nobler teachings did instill,
    Than old McMicken on the hill,
    The black and red banner floats on high,  let all join in the battle cry.
    Oh varsity, dear varsity,
    thy loyal children we will be,
    Thy loyal, loyal children we will be.  Long may she live, her children’s pride,
    and grow and prosper far and wide.
    At all time let our motto be:
    stand first and last for old UC,
    We dedicate with might and main,
    to Alma Mater this refrain:
    Oh varsity, dear varsity,
    thy loyal children we will be,
    Thy loyal, loyal children we will be.

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