UT given extra $25K to move game
Due to ongoing renovations Nippert Stadium, the Bearcats are playing at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Associated Press
The University of Cincinnati paid the University of Toledo an additional $25,000 to move the date of the two teams' September football game ahead by one day.
The two schools agreed to a home-and-home football series in November 2011 that called for a 2012 game to be played at the Glass Bowl and the 2014 meeting to be played at Nippert Stadium. Because Nippert Stadium is undergoing an estimated $86 million upgrade, it is unavailable for use this football season, so the Bearcats are playing home games at Paul Brown Stadium, home to the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals.
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Toledo's meeting with Cincinnati originally was scheduled to be played Sept. 13, but the Bengals have a home game against the Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14. Instead, the Rockets and Bearcats will play at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 – a rare Friday night game.
In a February letter to Toledo athletics director Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati athletics director Mike Bohn confirmed the new date and agreed to pay $275,000 to Toledo – up from the planned $250,000 – for the change. If the two athletics departments had not come to an agreement on a new date, place and compensation amount, Cincinnati would have had to pay $500,000 in liquidated damages plus expenses for not honoring the contract.
Toledo paid Cincinnati $250,000 for the Bearcats' 2012 trip to the Glass Bowl, a 29-23 Rockets victory.
Cincinnati has said it expects Nippert Stadium to be ready in time for the 2015 season.
The Rockets open up the 2014 season at 7 p.m. Saturday against New Hampshire.
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