Tomorrow is a big day in Cincinnati.
After an expectation smashing first season, the Queen City has attracted attention from far and wide. And among those whose attention was grabbed during that incredible inaugural campaign were the eyes of Major League Soccer and their commissioner, Don Garber.
Tomorrow, he comes to see what Cincinnati is about with his own eyes.
A packed schedule awaits MLS' head honcho on his day in our town -- a city-wide tour, meetings with city leaders, seeing our stadium, and even speaking with and meeting our amazing supporters.
The day will serve as our first and only chance to make an memorable first impression on Garber and the league he leads... and we're going to need your help to do it.
So how can you get involved in The Soccer Don's visit to Cincinnati? We've got it all spelled out below.
The marquee event of Garber's stop in Cincinnati is a 4pm "Town Hall" event at historic Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine. To be hosted by American soccer personality, current ESPN lead analyst and former professional player Taylor Twellman, Garber will speak to and take questions from supporters in attendance and on Twitter using the hashtag #MLS2CINCY.
Keep in mind that there's a strict attendance limit of 600 for this event, so be there when the doors open at 3pm to ensure you're at this historic event.
In honor of Commissioner Garber's visit, Mayor John Cranley has proclaimed November 29, 2016 as "Blue and Orange Day"! The Mayor and the club are encouraging all Cincinnatians to wear our colors of orange and blue around the city to show our passion for the club and soccer. Don't have any orange and blue of your own to wear? Our downtown shop will be open until 3pm on 11/29 so you can swing by to pick up some garb to show your FCC spirit!
We're also asking local businesses, bars and restaurants to show there support by placing pro-FCC signage in their windows and storefronts, as well as working with the city for a "Leave the Lights on for Garber" campaign in downtown Cincinnati to show support for the team as the evening comes to a close.
Even if you can't make it to any of the day's events, there's still plenty of ways for you to get involved in Major League Soccer's visit to town. All day long, and in the lead up to the event, we continue to urge supporters to post their #MLS2CINCY magnets, coasters and print outs all over Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to let them know the city is behind FCC and want MLS on the banks of the Ohio. And don't forget to use the hashtag!
Worried you won't be able to make it to tomorrow's #MLS2CINCY events because of prior obligations? We've got you covered! Just download the note above, add in the appropriate names, and send off to your boss/teacher... problem solved!
Even if you miss out being one of the lucky 600 who make it in the doors, you'll still have a chance to watch the event with fellow supporters -- and even still have a chance to meet with Garber and Twellman! Our friends at nearby Rhinehaus, MOTR Pub and Mr. Pitiful's will all be streaming the event live and will be celebrating the occasions with food and drink specials, and our special guests plan to swing through, schedule providing. Click here for more details.
As a part of his tour of the city, Mr. Garber will be touring the facilities at our home, Nippert Stadium. And we're inviting fans, supporters, students and UC faculty and staff to join us at the Northwest corner of the stadium -- near Bearcat Plaza and Main Street - at 10:45am to give him a proper greeting! The first 200 fans in orange or blue will receive a free #MLS2CINCY rally towel! Those in attendance will have a chance to shake the commissioner's hand, snap pictures and show him just how great of a home we have at the University of Cincinnati!
Want to get involved in the efforts the supporters groups are undertaking? Be sure to follow the social media feeds for The Pride (Twitter | Facebook) and Die Innenstadt (Twitter | Facebook), as they have special events and interaction points planned all day long to celebrate and welcome The Soccer Don's arrival.