According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the heated rivalry between Cincinnati and Xavier will be played at a neutral location for the 2012-2013 season. This is the first time in 25 years the game won’t have a home team.
The game will be played at the U.S. Bank Arena mainly because of a direct result of the highly publicized Dec. 10 brawl between the two schools, which led numerous player suspensions and discussions of an end to the series.
Officials from Xavier and Cincinnati schools have decided to move the rivalry away from its alternating home-and-home fixtures for the next two seasons in an “attempt to improve the climate surrounding the game,” according to the report.
After the two seasons, school officials from both sides will take a look at how fans, players, and students act and see if they can continue this annual game. I sure hope so, because nothing is better than an intense cross-town rivalry game.
Financial details have not been finalized, though this season’s game likely will be played on December 18th, 19th or 20th. According to the report, an official announcement will be made sometime next month.