FC Cincinnati pledges ‘transformational’ MLS stadium

United Soccer League (USL) club FC Cincinnati has unveiled the initial concept design for its new stadium, ahead of its move into Major League Soccer (MLS).

The team is due to begin playing in the MLS next year but will not move into the $200m (£153.2m/€174.3m) stadium until March 2021. Work is due to begin on the site next spring.

Renderings released by the club yesterday (Tuesday) present the MLS West End Stadium as a bowl facility with a canopy roof.

When complete, the venue will have a capacity of between 25,500 and 26,000, depending on final design elements that will be confirmed at a later date.

The unveiling of the renderings marks the first stage of the four-phase design project, with further modifications and adjustments to made over the coming months.

FC Cincinnati plans to present its full concept plan on November 19 for technical review, after which the club will submit an updated plan to the City of Cincinnati on December 3.

Design development will continue into the first quarter of 2019 before the club then puts forward its final construction documents ahead of the work start-date next spring.

Jeff Berding, president and general manager of FC Cincinnati, said: “We’ve received tremendous support from the West End and the Design Committee and we believe we’re bringing a transformational stadium to Cincinnati.

“We know that the design process will continue and our final product will likely continue to evolve, but we are proud to share our updated plans.

“We believe our West End stadium will be a catalyst for the neighbourhood, but also help position Cincinnati as a ‘City on the Rise’ on both a national and international scale.”

The release of the renderings comes after FC Cincinnati in July announced that it had signed up a series of principal development partners for the project.

Architectural firm MEIS was appointed to design the new facility, while Turner Construction was given the task of managing 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.

MLS in May announced that the US city had secured its latest expansion franchise, taking the league to 24 clubs for next season.

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