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FC Cincinnati unveils stadium development partners

FC Cincinnati has revealed the principal development partners it has chosen for its $200m Major League Soccer stadium project.

The deals include architectural firm MEIS to design the facility, while Turner Construction will manage construction.

The Machete Group will manage all phases of the club’s stadium, with U.S. Bank being named as the finance partner for the stadium.

FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding said: “On the design and construction side, we had several strong options in each area. However, MEIS and Turner are trend-setters and have led the recent movement toward fan-centred facilities.

“To have two of the industry’s top firms joining forces to work on our MLS stadium is really exciting. Not only do they each bring experience creating iconic stadiums, they also have extensive experience working together on the same projects to build some of the greatest venues in our sport.

“Having an industry leader like Machete guiding the project, and with the financial support from U.S. Bank and its experience in the sports market, we’ve assembled a stellar, collaborative group that will deliver us a venue that is fitting of the Queen City, the West End and the club’s future.”

MEIS is currently designing stadiums for Italian Serie A club AS Roma and Premier League team Everton FC, two highly anticipated projects.

MEIS principal Dan Meis and the firm’s key staff have led the design of a number of existing MLS stadiums, including Toyota Park (Chicago), Talen Energy Stadium (Philadelphia), Rio Tinto Stadium (Salt Lake City) and StubHub Center (Los Angeles).

“It is the rare opportunity for a stadium architect to return to a city that was so important to the development of his career,” Meis said.

“Paul Brown Stadium will always be one of my most important projects of my career and the FC Cincinnati stadium is an incredible opportunity to return to a city that means so much to me. With our FC Cincinnati project, we expect to design a truly urban stadium that draws on the unique fabric of the West End.”

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