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Levy adds new FC Cincinnati stadium to venue portfolio

FC Cincinnati has partnered with sports and entertainment hospitality company Levy to provide its under-construction West End Stadium’s dining experience.

The new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, which has been designed by leading architecture firm Populous and will cost $250m (£201m/€223m) to construct, is scheduled to open in March 2021.

Levy will bring fans signature dishes based on FC Cincinnati traditions and fan preferences, a visible presence of Cincinnati’s best restaurants and suppliers in the various dining environments throughout the stadium, and top dining options in premium spaces using locally-sourced ingredients.

FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said: “One of our main goals in building and opening West End Stadium is providing the best on-site experience for every single one of our guests at every event.

“Having a partner like Levy – who is at the top of its industry and changing the way stadium and arena food is thought of and presented – is game-changing for us and our fans. Hospitality, catering and concessions are some of the most important game day experiences for anyone who attends a sporting event, and we know we’re in for a world-class experience when West End Stadium opens in 2021.”

Levy will work with the club to build the dining and hospitality experience over the next year, and once the stadium is open, will oversee all food and beverage operations.

Andy Lansing, president and chief executive of Levy, said: “This new stadium is an incredibly exciting project and shows the huge growth and potential for professional soccer in Cincinnati.

“In a city with a lengthy sports and food history, FC Cincinnati is the perfect club to become an innovator in both areas. We’re excited to collaborate and build a world-class experience based on the traditions that put Cincinnati on the sports and food map. The 2021 season can’t come soon enough.”

Levy has partnerships with eight other MLS venues including Audi Field in Washington, D.C., and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, among others.

The stadium, which will have a capacity of between 26,000 and 26,500, pending a final seating manifest, will have a total of 59 suites, including two party suites and three field-level suites.

A safe-standing area that will house 3,100 fans will also be situated in The Bailey, a designated supporters’ section that encompasses almost the entire north end of the ground. The section will also have seats, allowing US national team matches to be held at the venue. The full design of West End Stadium was unveiled last month.

FC Cincinnati debuted in MLS earlier this year and is playing at Nippert Stadium while the new ground is being built.

Image: FC Cincinnati