Cincinnati's 2012 game against Virginia Tech has been moved to FedEx Field in Washington D.C., officials from the Washington Redskins have announced.
The game was scheduled to be at Nippert Stadium as a return game from 2006 in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech was originally scheduled to play in Cincinnati this season, but that game was moved so the Hokies could open against Alabama in Atlanta.
Cincinnati will serve as the host team for the game in FedEx, but clearly it won't be a home field advantage. Obviously, there must have been some major financial incentives for the Bearcats to agree to this move. This game should sell a lot more tickets than what Nippert can hold, but I have to wonder why Cincinnati didn't just move the game at Paul Brown Stadium, the pro facility in its own backyard, if that were the only consideration.
Here's what Cincinnati athletic director Mike Thomas said in an official statement:
“As the program has gained more national notoriety over the last few years with national rankings, a Big East championship, and last year’s BCS appearance in the Orange Bowl, we are always looking for opportunities to grow our brand beyond Cincinnati and the state of Ohio. These types of games are important to the development of our championship program and help to expand our exposure on a national stage.”