The University of Cincinnati will play all of their home games at Paul Brown Stadium during the 2014 season, the school officially announced on Monday. Nippert Stadium is set to begin a 15-month renovation in December, which Matt Opper at SB Nation's Bearcats blog Down the Drive details extensively here.
University Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and Bengals Executive Vice President shared a statement during the press release.
"We're very thankful to the Bengals and the County for being great neighbors and working with us," Babcock said. "I was impressed with the game day atmosphere we were able to create at PBS in 2011 and the stadium is a first-class facility. While we will have some logistical issues to deal with in moving an entire season of games to Paul Brown, I know our staff has a great working relationship with the Bengals and I am confident the environment will be the next best thing to Nippert Stadium."
"We are pleased to share our home with UC football for the 2014 season", said Katie Blackburn, Bengals Executive Vice President. "We consider UC a partner in Cincinnati's football story and we look forward to their 2014 games at Paul Brown Stadium."
"It's a great stadium," Football Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We had the opportunity to practice inside PBS this past spring and I was very impressed with the amenities, playing surface and the reception we received from Mike Brown, Marvin Lewis and the Bengals staff. I look forward to that relationship continuing and growing as we move forward."
"It is exciting to see what is happening at UC and we are happy to partner with UC to accommodate their 2014 football schedule, said Chris Monzel, President of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. "Cincinnati is a great sports town and the Bearcats are an important part of what makes our region special."