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Make Plans for UC Homecoming 2014

Homecoming is Saturday, September 20 @ 7 p.m.

Join thousands of alumni and fans as the Bearcats host long-time rival Miami (Ohio) at Paul Brown Stadium downtown. It's the 119th Battle for the Victory Bell!

This Year is Extra Special!

Homecoming coincides with the city’s premier festival, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the celebration of Cincinnati’s German heritage that is also taking place downtown throughout the September 19-21 weekend.

The result: 

Homecoming Zinzinnati Logo

Friday, September 19

  • UC Homecoming Pep Rally, 5-8 p.m. at Fountain Square
  • Hear from UC Athletics Director Mike Bohn, UC Alumni Association Executive Director Jennifer Heisey and the Bearcats Band. Then, get an early start with all the Oktoberfest activities!
  • Wear your UC colors to work that day, and to the Pep Rally. Need updated Bearcats gear? Visit the UC Bookstore on campus or online.

Saturday, September 20

  • Game time: 7 p.m. @ Paul Brown Stadium
  • Parade: 4 p.m. @ The Banks 
  • UC vs. Miami: Paul Brown Stadium (It’s a Ring of Red game!)
  • Halftime: King & Queen Coronation
  • Celebration: The Bearcats ring the Victory Bell!

UC football team posing with the bell

Homecoming "Need-to-Know's"


Football parking will be $20 per vehicle in Lots A, B, D and E, and in Central Riverfront Garage. Lots will open 4 hours before kickoff. (There are no parking passes available for UC games this season.)

Parking for Oktoberfest will be primarily in lots and garages closer to the Fifth Street festival location.


Tailgating is permitted in parking lots surrounding the stadium, but not in Central Riverfront Garage. Guests may not block other parking spaces or interfere with other guests. For tailgating questions, call Central Parking at 513-946-8100.

Parade and Parade Viewing

Plans call for the traditional UC Homecoming Parade to start outside the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park, travel west on Freedom Way and end at Elm Street outside Paul Brown Stadium. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. and end before game time at 7 p.m.

Street Closures

The Homecoming parade will affect the following streets around The Banks:

  • Joe Nuxhall Way between Mehring Way and 2nd Street will close beginning at 2 p.m. for parade lineup.
  • All of Freedom Way will close from 4-5 p.m. for the parade. 
  • Elm Street between Mehring Way and 2nd Street will close at 3:30 p.m. for the FanZone.

Pre-Game Gathering

The official pre-game UC alumni hangout is the Holy Grail Tavern & Grille on Joe Nuxhall Way opposite Great American Ball Park, and in the center of all the "Bearcats at the Banks" action.

Night-Before Pep Rally

The UC Alumni Association and UC Athletics will co-host a Homecoming Pep Rally on Fountain Square on Friday, September 19, the evening before the game. Check back for details.

Visit for comprehensive information about UC Football Game Day.

UC football players and Santa Ono holding the bell

Useful Links:

UC Bearcats downtown skyline

UC Bookstores Discounts

Enjoy 20 percent off on all T-shirt and hat purchases made in-store from Sept. 18-20 in honor of Homecoming!

Campus Recreation Center logo

Campus Recreation Center Promotions

The Campus Recreation Center is offering FREE access for all alumni and their families during Homecoming Weekend.

As a tribute to all UC alumni, during September Campus Recreation is offering $30/month (for the first year of membership) to any alumni who join the Rec Center as an annual member. Visit the CRC website for all the details.

Game Details:

7:00 p.m. kickoff
Parade on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The UC Alumni Association is proud to partner with UC Athletics and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to present Homecoming Zinzinnati!

Homecoming is sponsored in part by GEICO – UC Alumni could save even more!