by ADRIANNA DZIADKOWIEC '19
In April 2018, FC Cincinnati negotiated with the City of Cincinnati and various municipal agencies to build a $250 million dollar soccer-specific stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Once completed, the new and emerging stadium will be one of the largest soccer stadiums in Major League Soccer (MLS), with a capacity between 25,500 and 26,500. The brand new stadium now unhidden in the West End, will feature a grass field and a full canopy roof to go around the entire stadium bowl and completely cover all seating rows. The soccer players’ needs were at prominent importance of the design of the team areas at the stadium, including the team room and medical facilities. This stadium will feel much more like a home, than playing at the team’s temporary Nippert Stadium located at University of Cincinnati. When the stadium is completed, the West End Stadium will meet all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events. This will bring in and feature future top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and the Women’s National Teams. The facility will not only be a desirable destination for international club teams to play in during North American tours and friendlies, but it will finally bring together the city of Cincinnati.