Kelce bros bring 'New Heights' live show to Fifth Third Arena

Some of UC’s most well-known alumni today return to UC for special event, podcast recording

New venue update: Due to extreme weather forecasted, the show will now take place in Fifth Third Arena.

University of Cincinnati alumni and NFL stars Jason and Travis Kelce are returning to campus for one night only.

The Bearcat brothers are bringing their popular "New Heights" podcast to Fifth Third Arena on Thursday, April 11, for a live recording with special guests, student games and some surprises.

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with the Great “Lombaby” Games, in which UC students will face off in a number of fun challenges.

The show, “New Heights Live: We Gotta Talk About It,” begins at 9 p.m. and will be recorded and released on the podcast next week. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was recently announced as a special guest, with more surprises still under wraps. It’s promised to be an unforgettable night in the heart of UC’s campus.

Tickets are now sold out.

Travis Kelce as a UC Bearcat in his football uniform with teammates

Travis Kelce in his Bearcat days. Photo courtesy of UC Althetics

Everything you need to know about ‘New Heights Live’

Who are Jason and Travis Kelce, and why are they coming to UC?

Brothers, Bearcats, Super Bowl champions and future Hall of Famers Jason and Travis Kelce may hail from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, but they always rep Cincy. 

Older brother Jason attended UC from 2006-2010 before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. Just last month, Jason announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 years as the center and team leader for the team.

Travis attended UC from 2008-2012, playing alongside Jason during their overlapping years. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, and he’s played there for his entire career. The superstar tight end is on the heels of his third Super Bowl win. Oh, and he’s Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.

Read more about the Kelce brothers.

What better place to host a live show than their alma mater?


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♬ original sound - New Heights

What is ‘New Heights?’

“New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce” is a top-ranked sports podcast launched by the brothers in September 2022. In the weekly show they dissect NFL games and news, including their own performances each week, talk shop with special guests and, as the Kelces have become increasingly popular outside of football — cough, cough, Taylor Swift — share a peek into their personal lives.

What to expect from the live show

Organizers liken it to a concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. The “first act” begins at 7 p.m. with the first-ever Great “Lombaby” Games, a series of Olympic-style challenges in which 10 Bearcat athletes will take on 10 fellow students, with the Kelces serving as commentators/referees. (The name is a nod to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded to the winning Super Bowl team. If you know, you know.)

After a brief intermission, the live podcast show is set to begin around 9 p.m. Besides the announcement of special guest Joe Burrow, details on the night have been sparse. The guys have teased everything from Skyline Chili to Adriatico’s Pizza, cannons to live animals, while promising more tangible elements like trivia and Q&As. The mystery is part of the fun.

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Jason Kelce playing for the Bearcats. Photo courtesy of UC Athletics

Where to park

Event parking is available at Campus Green and Woodside garages starting at 3 p.m. and can be purchased online in advance for $13 or $15 day-of.

Will Taylor Swift be there?

While there is a promise of surprise guests (and Swift is on a break from her international tour until May), don’t count on it.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are now sold out.

Students can register for a chance to receive free tickets to a dedicated student section at Proceeds benefit Cincy Reigns.

What is Cincy Reigns?

Cincy Reigns is UC’s official Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) collective, which helps recruit and retain top UC student-athletes.

Read about NIL at UC.


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♬ original sound - New Heights

What else do I need to know?

Concessions and New Heights merch will be available for purchase.

Fifth Third Arena has a clear bag policy. See full rules online.

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Featured image at top: Travis (left) and Jason Kelce share a moment on the field after facing off in Super Bowl LVII. Travis led his Kansas City Chiefs to victory. Photo courtesy of UC Athletics.

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