Bearcats close spring football game to public

Fans will have to wait to get a personal, up-close look at the 2022 University of Cincinnati football team.

Due to inclement weather expected in the Cincinnati area on Saturday, the university announced Wednesday that the Bearcats’ annual spring football game will be closed to the public and moved inside the Sheakley Athletics Center.

The intrasquad scrimmage was scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nippert Stadium.

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“We have a young team and almost every position is up for grabs, so we can’t afford to miss a day of practice,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “Unfortunately, it looks like the weather is not cooperating as we would need to have a productive outdoor scrimmage this weekend.”

Saturday’s forecast calls for strong winds, rain and possible snow showers.

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The university said it plans to hold a “Fan Fest” this summer. Event details will be released at a later date.

Saturday’s spring game was expected to be fans’ first look at the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions’ new look, as the Bearcats continue spring training ahead of their 2022 season opener on Sept. 3 at Arkansas.

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Fickell, who was named the 2021 AAC Coach of the Year, was due to receive the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year award before the scrimmage.

Tickets for Cincinnati’s game against rivals Miami University went on sale Tuesday. The Bearcats are scheduled to face the RedHawks in the 126th Battle for the Victory Bell on Sept. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium.

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