Address: 2700 Bearcats Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
Pro Soccer Capacity: 33,250
Surface: The Motz Group’s 56 oz. 2.5” SportgrassPro® Bolt™ monofilament system
Historic Nippert Stadium has a long history in Cincinnati, well before FC Cincinnati started calling the venerable facility home in 2016.
Tucked into the heart of the University of Cincinnati, Nippert Stadium has helped FCC foster one of the best homefield advantages in all of North American soccer, averaging 25,000-plus fans a game.
Nippert Stadium is one of the oldest sporting facilities in America, dating back to 1901. Through a series of expansions and renovations – most recently in 2015 with the construction of the West Pavilion – the stadium creates a unique and embracing game day experience for fans.
Through numerous renovations, the structure situated in the middle of the Clifton campus has retained its early-century brickwork, wrought iron gates and trim, giving Nippert Stadium comfortable old-time stadium charm and appeal, while remaining a classic showplace for soccer as every seat in the stadium offers a direct line of site to the field.
In the most recent renovations, both east and west concourses were completely updated and widened. Fans have access to new concession stands and restrooms throughout the stadium, including ADA accessible seating and facilities.
FCC concession stands feature customary stadium staples, highlighted by a wide selection of local and craft beer options.
Further renovations are planned for the winter of 2018-19, prior to FC Cincinnati’s arrival in Major League Soccer. Those plans include the installation of a brand new, state-of-the-art turf playing surface by The Motz Group.
Additionally, what was FC Cincinnati’s locker room in the USL will be converted to a suite for the visiting team. Simultaneously, FCC will get a new locker room suite under the east side of The Bailey. New field-level press facilities will also be set up in the UC Rec Center adjacent to the field.
In 1968 and 1969, the stadium served as home for the American Football League expansion team, the Cincinnati Bengals, while their then-new home at Riverfront Stadium was being constructed.
Nippert has also served as a venue for concerts by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, Janet Jackson, KT Tunstall, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Roots, the Cincinnati Opera Company and many more.
Two US Presidents have spoken at the stadium. On Oct. 16, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt, running for a second term, appeared at Nippert Stadium and spoke from an open car in the rain to a crowd estimated at 15,000 and on Nov. 2, 2008, President Barack Obama held a campaign rally at Nippert two days before the 2008 Presidential Election to an estimated 27,000 attendees.
Top 10 FC Cincinnati Crowds at Nippert Stadium
(All games entering 2019)
Rank Attend. Date Opponent Notes
1. 35,061 July 16, 2016 Crystal Palace FC Int’l Friendly
2. 33,250 Aug. 15, 2017 New York Red Bulls (MLS) USOC
3. 32,287 June 28, 2017 Chicago Fire (MLS) USOC
4. 31,478 Sept. 29, 2018 Indy Eleven
5. 30,417 Sept. 16, 207 New York Red Bulls II
6. 30,187 Oct. 2, 2016 Charleston Battery USL Cup Playoffs
7. 30,160 June 14, 2017 Columbus Crew SC (MLS) USOC
8. 28,026 June 16, 2018 Richmond Kickers
9. 27,426 Aug. 4, 2018 Nashville SC
10. 27,275 Sept. 16, 2018 Toronto FC II
FCC Season Attendance Averages
(Regular-Season Games Only)
Season Avg. Total Attendance Games League
2016 17,296 259,437 15 USL
2017 21,199 339,181 16 USL
2018 25,717 437,197 17 USL
DID YOU KNOW
- FC Cincinnati played its first-ever regular-season USL game at Nippert Stadium on April 9, 2016, a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Independence
- Overall, FC Cincinnati posted a 29-6-13 record at Nippert Stadium in USL regular-season play, including a 12-2-3 record during the 2018 season
- In all competitions – including USL regular-season, U.S. Open Cup and USL Cup Playoffs – FC Cincinnati has a 33-9-16 record at Nippert Stadium.
- FC Cincinnati hosted three USL Cup Playoff games at Nippert Stadium: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2016 and 2018, and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2018
- Nippert Stadium was named after Jimmy Nippert, who died from blood poisoning after suffering a spike injury during UC’s season-finale against Miami (OH) in 1923. His grandfather, James N. Gamble of Procter and Gamble, provided the funds needed to complete the stadium, and the James Gamble Nippert Memorial Stadium was dedicated on Nov. 8, 1924.
NIPPERT STADIUM NOTABLES
- First Win – April 9, 2016, vs. Charlotte Independence (2-1)
- First Goal – April 9, 2016, Sean Okoli vs. Charlotte Independence
- First Multi-goal effort by FCC – June 11, 2016, Sean Okoli (2 goals) vs. FC Montreal
- First hat trick by FCC – April 15, 2017, Djiby (4 goals) vs. Saint Louis FC
- First shutout by FCC – May 14, 2016, Mitch Hildebrandt vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
- Longest home winning streak – Five Matches (twice): June 16, 2018 vs. Richmond Kickers through July 21, 2018 vs. New York Red Bulls II; and Aug. 12, 2018 vs. Penn FC through Sept. 29, 2018 vs. Indy Eleven
- Longest home undefeated streak – 12 Matches: June 13, 2018 vs. Bethlehem Steel FC through September 29, 2018 vs. Indy Eleven
- Longest home losing streak – one Match (six times)