|Heritage Bank Center|
U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio
|Location||100 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3514|
|Tenants||Cincinnati Bearcats basketball (NCAA) (1976–1987)|
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) (1997-2004, 2006-present)
Cincinnati Jungle Kats (af2) (2007)
Cincinnati Swarm (af2) (2003)
Cincinnati Stingers (WHA) (1975-1979)
Cincinnati Kids (Major Soccer League) (1978-1979)
Cincinnati Rockers (Arena Football League) (1992-1993)
Cincinnati Marshals (National Indoor Football League) (2004-2006)
Ice hockey / Arena Football: 12,823
U.S. Bank Arena (known originally as the Riverfront Coliseum, and known later as The Crown and the Firstar Center and later US Bank Arena), is an indoor arena located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio near the Ohio River next to the Great American Ball Park.
Completed in September 1975, the arena seats 17,556 persons (in the round). It is the largest indoor arena in the Greater Cincinnati region. It was the home of the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA from 1975–1979. Since then, the arena has hosted another minor-league hockey team and various concerts, political rallies, tennis tournaments, figure skating, a Billy Graham Crusade, and other events.
The facility's longest-serving tenant was the men's basketball program of the University of Cincinnati, which used the arena from its completion until 1987, when U.C. played its games at Cincinnati Gardens (1987–89) until an on-campus facility (Shoemaker Center), now known as Fifth Third Arena, was completed. The arena building was heavily renovated in 1997, and is still in use.
The current main tenant is the Cincinnati Cyclones franchise of the East Coast Hockey League. The Cincinnati Jungle Kats of the arenafootball2 league played their one and only season at the U.S. Bank Arena in 2007, posting a record of 1–15. On occasion, there are local pushes for the attraction of another major sports franchise to occupy the arena, possibly an NBA franchise either relocated or expanded, though little has ever come to fruition. The NBA was last played in Cincinnati in 1972 (as the Cincinnati Royals), and never at this facility, aside from exhibition games.
The plans are in place to rebuilt the building with an estimated $370 million price tag. The arena is tentatively scheduled to host 2022 NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament games, pending the completion of the renovations. The plans call for a new arena to be built on the present footprint of the arena during a two year period. The project has run into opposition as for the public portion of the funding which is planned to be an extension of a quarter cent sale tax increase that was used to fund the Union Terminal Rail station project. The extension of the sales tax would have to be approved by voters and possibly to be included in the funding would be a proposed soccer specific stadium for a potential Major League Soccer franchise.
A naming rights deal was announced November 4, 2019 to rename the arena Heritage Bank Center which is due to be for 10 years.
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