Originally Posted by Stray
I went to the Campbell game last Tuesday and it was a nightmare getting into and out of Fifth Third Arena. Despite the fact that half of the students were gone for Thanksgiving already and the game only attracted about 5,000 fans, I couldn't find anywhere to park on the street up near Calhoun or south of campus. I finally parked on the street across from Good Sam, then walked up the hill, cut through campus and 20 min. later I was in my seat.
Frankly, most people aren't going to walk through hoops like that. For casual basketball fans who aren't too familiar with Clifton (and I am familiar with it), it can be an awful experience. Throw in the painfully dull atmosphere inside, the terrible views from the upper deck and the awful competition that UC brings in for November/December games and it's a no-brainer why they don't attract more fans.
UC should start exploring a new, modern arena, maybe in conjunction with the city at a downtown location. That would free up land on the crowded UC campus for other uses and it would make it much easier for fans to get to/from games. A lot of the Big East already plays in off-campus pro-style arenas (Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Seton Hall, Depaul, Marquette, Louisville, Providence, South Florida, etc.)