Major League Soccer franchise FC Cincinnati has invited fans to contribute to the design of West End Stadium, its under-construction new home.

Fans have been given the chance to vote for their favourite final bowl seating design from a group of four patterns drawn up by stadium architect Populous. Fans have five days to vote for their favourite design, with FC Cincinnati to announce the winning design on May 27.

FC Cincinnati is expected to begin seating installation at West End Stadium in the autumn before it opens in the spring of 2021. The stadium is slated to have a capacity of between 26,000 and 26,500.

Fans who vote will be entered into a random draw to win two tickets to FC Cincinnati’s first match at West End Stadium.

FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said: “From the first days of FC Cincinnati, our supporters and fans have been a key part of the organic growth of our club. Given their enthusiasm and leadership in helping us build FCC, we wanted to include our fans and our city in this fun decision.

“Images from inside stadiums are iconic and easily recognisable, and so it’s very special to us that our fans will help make this decision that will represent our club for many years to come. We have four great options – all of which would look fantastic inside West End Stadium – so we’re excited to see what the fans like.”

Earlier this month, FC Cincinnati unveiled the four unique premium club spaces at West End Stadium. The spaces will represent 4,500 seats at the stadium and will be split on both sides of the venue.

Work on installing the horizontal trusses to support the stadium’s 360-degree canopy began last week. FC Cincinnati entered MLS in 2019 and currently plays at the 40,000-seat Nippert Stadium, which primarily serves as the home of the University of Cincinnati’s American football team.

Image: Populous