Nippert Stadium Guide


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STADIUM POLICIES

 Fan Code of Conduct
Major League Soccer and each of its Clubs are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable match-day experience for all fans visiting MLS stadiums and facilities. MLS and its Clubs are also deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment, free of discrimination and harassment. This Fan Code of Conduct addresses conduct that is inconsistent with these goals and detracts from the match-day experience.

The following conduct is prohibited in the Stadium and all parking lots, facilities and areas controlled by the Club or MLS:
  • Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, threatening or violent in nature, including verbal or physical harassment of match officials, players, staff or fans
  • Conduct that is illegal
  • Conduct that results in damage to the venue or other personal property
  • Displaying signs, symbols, images, using language or making gestures that are threatening, abusive, or discriminatory, including on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, ability, and/or sexual orientation
  • Displaying signs, symbols or images for commercial purposes or for electioneering, campaigning or advocating for or against any candidate, political party, legislative issue, or government action
  • Entering or attempting to enter the field, the field track, the tunnel or any other location other than that permitted by the fan’s ticket or credential
  • Possession of an unauthorized pyrotechnic device, smoke or firework or other Prohibited Items*
  • Throwing objects of any kind, including streamers
  • Failing to follow requests from venue staff regarding stadium operations, policies and emergency response procedures
  • Declining to promptly return a ball that enters the stands
  • Irresponsible use or consumption of alcohol or other substances
  • Making unauthorized transmissions or play-by-play accounts of the match
  • Any behavior that otherwise targets other fans or interferes with other fans’ enjoyment of the game CONFIDENTIAL

Any fan who violates any of these provisions may be subject to penalty, including, but not limited to, ejection without refund, loss of ticket privileges for future games and revocation of season tickets. Any fan who (1) conducts themselves in an extremely disruptive or dangerous manner (“Level 1 Offenses”), or (2) commits multiple violations during a 12-month period, may be banned from attending future MLS matches for up to a year or longer. Level 1 Offenses include, but are not limited to, violent behavior, threatening, abusive or discriminatory conduct or language, trespassing or throwing objects onto the field, use or possession of unauthorized pyrotechnics or other dangerous Prohibited Items, or illegal conduct.

Depending on the nature and severity of the violation, individuals who violate this Fan Code of Conduct may be required to submit a written request for readmission and participate in an online Fan Code of Conduct Education Class (FCEC) in order to be reinstated.

Please note that MLS and its Clubs reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who has engaged in harassment of match officials, opposing team members, staff or other fans or who have otherwise violated this Code of Conduct using social or digital media or other forms of communication.

Conduct Offenses

LEVEL 1 OFFENSES
  • Fighting
  • Fan Violence
  • Assaults/batteries on staff, vendors, or other patrons
  • Using racial, sexual, xenophobic, and/or homophobic language (including on signs or visible representations) or gestures or conduct
  • Throwing objects, of any kind, towards the field, players, and/or officials
  • Causing significant damage to University or FC Cincinnati property
  • Provoking and/or inciting threatening or abusive behavior
  • Possession or use of an unauthorized pyrotechnic device, smoke, or firework, or attempting to introduce one inside the stadium perimeter
  • Alcohol management – purchasing, or providing for consumption, alcohol for an underage minor (individual not of or above the age of 21)
  • Field intrusion onto the field of play or designated Critical Area
SANCTIONS
  • Level 1 offenses are considered serious offenses. These will carry a ban ranging from six months to one year based on aggravating and mitigating factors.
  • An individual must provide a written request for readmission and participate in a Fan Code of Conduct Education Class (FCEC) for his/her access to be reinstated.

FC Cincinnati reserves the right to also sanction a Supporter Group (member) for violations of the Fan Code of Conduct.
LEVEL 2 OFFENSES
  • Targeted use of obscene or abusive language or gestures, or displaying any inappropriate sign or visible representation.
  • Entering, or attempting to enter, any unauthorized area, including designated critical areas
  • Alcohol Management – excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Ignoring instructions by a University, Stadium Security, MLS, or FC Cincinnati Representatives
  • Refusing to return the match ball
  • Other misconduct where Nippert Stadium Equipment is the victim (i.e. theft, scalping, minor property damages, etc.)
SANCTIONS
  • Level 2 offenses carry a range of suspensions, depending on if they are the 1st or 2nd offense. Prior to the 1st penalty, individuals can be given a warning for their behavior.
  • 1st offense suspensions ranges from 1-3 games
    2nd offense suspensions range from 3-5 games  
  • An individual who commits any two offenses in the category has to complete the FCEC before he/she can be reinstated. Any 3rd offense in a 12-month period will trigger a 1-year ban.
FC Cincinnati reserves the right to also sanction a Supporter Group for violations of the Fan Code of Conduct.

Match Day Contacts

Home Supporters Groups
Dan McNally – Director of Soccer Operations: McNally@fccincinnati.com

Kene Anyigbo – Facilities Manager: Anyigbo@fccincinnati.com

Brandon Jones – Account Executive (TICKETS): Jones@FCCincinnati.com


Visiting Supporters Groups
Jack Doyle – Account Executive (TICKETS): Doyle@FCCincinnati.com
 Security Checks

MLS security policies will be in place for all home games, meaning all fans will be subject to security checks – including wanding and bag checks – as they enter the stadium gates.

 Prohibited Items

Certain exceptions to the list of prohibited items will be made for those fans attending FC Cincinnati matches as a member of a recognized supporter club, and for items pre-approved by FC Cincinnati, Major League Soccer and Nippert Stadium.

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Alcohol or Illegal Substances
  • Backpacks – (draw-string bags are accepted)
  • Balloons and Beach Balls
  • Cameras with Lenses or Lens Attachments over 6” (tripods and camera battery packs)
  • Confetti
  • Coolers or Ice Chests
  • Drones
  • Fireworks, Flares or Smoke Bombs (Recognized Supporters Group exception)
  • Hover-boards or Birds
  • Large Bags and Purses (limit: 14"x14"x6")
  • Laser Pointers
  • Masks (worn in your seat only, must be removed when leaving your section)
  • Metal or glass containers of any kind
  • Noisemaking Devices (i.e. whistles, air horns, vuvuzelas)
  • Outside Food and Beverages
  • Poles to Display Banners, Flags, etc. (constructed of hollow PVC pipe)
  • Pets (Note: exception for certified service animals)
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Signs/banners larger than 2ft. x 2ft. (or any other items that can obstruct other patrons’ views)
  • Strollers or baby seats may not be taken into the stands or left in section entrance
  • Umbrellas (cannot be opened in the seating bowl)
  • Video or Recording Devices (professional cameras with tripods and battery packs capabilities)
  • Weapons of any kind (knives, pepper spray, stun guns, concealed weapons, or firearms, etc...)
  • Any other item deemed to be inappropriate or dangerous by Security Staff

 

 Denied Entry Protocol

FC Cincinnati Stadium Security staff reserves the right to deny entry to any guest for any reason. When this occurs, a Law Enforcement Officer will be brought over to document why the guest is not being permitted into the stadium.

 Emergency Evacuation Policy

In the event of an emergency evacuation, Nippert Stadium working staff as well as the Game Presentation Announcer will advise patrons on the following steps to exit the stadium’s perimeter in order to get out of harms-way. If this occurs, all patrons will be asked to quickly adhere, in an orderly manner, to the instructions provided below.

For all patrons in seated in the Lower Seating Bowl, there are staircases to your left, or your right that you will use to enter onto the concourse from your seats. Once on the concourse, use the Stadium Exit Breakdown List to find the closest gate to exit the stadium.

Stadium Exit Breakdown List:
GATE 2: Sections 101-110 & 201-215 (closest to Lindner Athletic Center)

GATE 3A/GATE 3B: Sections 111-116 (gates located behind sections 113 & 115)

GATE 4: Sections 117-119 (gate is located directly behind section 117)

GATE 7: Sections 120-125 & North of the Pavilion - (gate is located directly behind the North lobby entry of the West Pavilion, atop of the staircase)

GATE 8: Sections 125-127 & 131-135 - (Gate is located North-West of the Bailey Section – Sections 131-135) For all patrons seated in sections 201-207 (Upper East Deck), use the stairs to the left or right of you to exit your section onto the cat-walk behind the Upper East Deck. Once on the cat-walk, you will use Gate 2 to safely exit the Nippert Stadiums perimeter.

For all patrons seated in sections 208-215 (Upper East Deck), use the stairs to the left or right of you to exit your section onto the cat-walk behind the Upper East Deck. Once on the cat-walk, you will use Gate 3A (Behind Sections 112-113) to safely exit the Nippert Stadiums perimeter.

For all patrons seated in the West Pavilion, there are staircases in located in both the North and South ends of the Pavilion. Please find the closest staircase to your location to exit the facility. Please reframe from using all evaluators or the bridge walk way leading to Tangeman University Center to exit the West Pavilion. Once patrons have exited the West Pavilion, please use the Stadium Exit Breakdown List to find the nearest gate to safely exit Nippert Stadium perimeter.

This procedure will be used for the following emergencies:

  • Fire
  • Bomb Threat
  • Active Shooter

 

 Lightning/Severe Weather Evacuation Policy

Emergency Evacuation or Shelter in Place Protocol

There may be times, especially in the case of severe weather and lightning in the area, where the evacuation of the stadium may be necessary. In those instances, please see the following policies for the most efficient routes to safe shelter.

West (Sections 117-124): Tangeman University Center

North (Sections 125-135): Campus Recreation Center

East (Sections 101 – 109, 201-209): Lindner Center

South (Sections 110-116, 210-218): Dieterle Building

West Pavilion, including Club and Suites*: Tangeman University Center

* In the event of a lightning evacuation only, all fans in the Club and Suites should move inside from their outdoor seating. They do not need to evacuate the stadium.

 

FCC Lightning Policy: In-Game Delays

Once the Nippert Stadium gates are open and lightning is detected in the area, FC Cincinnati will initiate the following protocol.

Lighting within 15 miles of the stadium – Stadium Warning

  • A stadium announcement will be made informing fans of lightning in the area.
  • Immediate action is not needed.
  • We will also close all merchandise tents.

Lighting within eight (8) miles of the stadium – Stadium Evacuation

  • Public address and video board announcements will be made informing fans to seek safe shelter (see above)
  • No spectators will be allowed into the stadium – or into outdoor seating – during a lightning delay
  • Spectators forced to leave the facility will be allowed to re-enter with their game tickets following the delay
  • The delay will continue for 30 minutes following the last lightning strike within the 8-mile radius of the stadium
  • Updates will be made on the Nippert Stadium video board, via PA announcements and on the club’s Twitter account (@fccincinnati)

FCC Lightning Policy: Pre-Game Delays

If a lightning delay occurs before Nippert Stadium gates have opened to the public, FC Cincinnati will initiate the following protocol:

Lighting within 15 miles of the stadium – Stadium Warning

  • A stadium announcement will be made informing staff of lightning in the area.
  • Immediate action is not needed.
  • Merchandise tents will be monitored

Lighting within eight (8) miles of the stadium – Stadium Evacuation

  • Public address, video board announcements and posts on @FCCincinnati Twitter account will be made informing fans to seek safe shelter and remain in their cars if they are near the stadium
    • As soon as a timeline for gates opening and kickoff are determined, they will also be relayed on those outlets
  • No spectators will be allowed into the stadium during a pregame lightning delay.
    • Spectators are also reminded that Sheakley Lawn and the stadium perimeter are exposed areas and are not considered safe shelter.
  • The delay will continue for 30 minutes following the last lightning strike within the 8-mile radius of the stadium
  • Gates will open 40 minutes following the last lightning strike within the 8-mile radius of the stadium
  • If necessary, kick off will be delayed long enough to allow both teams and officials a sufficient on-field warm up period

STADIUM INFO

 Restrooms

East Plaza:
Behind sections 208, 209, 211, 212

East Concourse
Behind sections 108, 109, 110, 112.

West Concourse
Behind sections 118 and 125.

Port-o-lets will be readily available throughout the stadium.

 Merchandise & Apparel

Fans can purchase FC Cincinnati merchandise and apparel at one of the kiosk locations throughout Nippert Stadium.

Merchandise Locations:
West Concourse behind section 123, East Concourse behind section 104, South Concourse behind section 113, Club West Pavilion 3rd floor, and Sheakley Lawn.

Hours of Operation:
All concourse and club locations open when gates open and close approximately 10 minutes after the final whistle (subject to change as demand dictates).

Sheakley lawn location opens 90 mintues before kickoff and closes at kickoff.

 Video Board Messages

We are happy to provide the opportunity for fans to share a message on the scoreboard on game days. The cost is $40 for 40 characters. The message will be displayed twice during the game at the 30th and 60th minute marks. All proceeds benefit FC Cincinnati Foundation programming.

Requests must be made 72 hours in advance of the selected game.

Submit A Request

 Concessions

TICKETS

 Box Office

The main box office is located at ticket windows of the Lindner Athletic Center (LAC) by Mercy Health gate (gate 2).

Address: 2571 O'Varsity Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221

 Will Call

Will Call is located at ticket windows of the Lindner Athletic Center (LAC) by the Mercy Health gate (gate 2).

Address: 2571 O'Varsity Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221

 The Bailey

Fans will need Bailey wristbands & or hardstock tickets to get into the Bailey.

STADIUM FAQ

 Where is Nippert Stadium?

Heart of the Campus of the University of Cincinnati
Physical address: 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (Address will lead you to Gate 3A)

 What time do gates open?

Gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

 What gate should I enter when I arrive?

You can enter the stadium at any gate, we strongly recommend following the gate guide to speed up your entry and assist us in easing movements around the stadium.

View Gate Guide

 What time do parking lots open?

Parking lots open 4 hours before kickoff.

 What are the parking charges for Nippert Stadium on game days?

Matchday Parking Price: $20
Matchday Parking:
Campus Green Garage - 2935 Campus Green Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45220, US
Woodside Garage - 2913 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Stratford Heights Garage - 2630 Stratford Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45221

Buy Single Match Parking Passes

  Where should guests with handicapped parking placards enter?

Designated handicap parking on game day is located at CCM garage on a first come first served basis. Access to CCM Garage will be granted with a state issued handicap placard and $20.00 cash parking will be charged per vehicle. Limited spaces are available.

 Am I allowed to bring in a seat cushion or portable seat?

Yes, the seat must be no wider than 18 inches in width.

 What seats have chair backs?

Seats in the very top row of every section in the lower bowl have seat backs, as do the first 6 rows of sections 203 through 209 in the second level and all premium type seating. The University of Cincinnati does install seat backs in select sections towards the later third of the season.

 What seats are under cover?

The top ten rows of sections 117 through 124 on the West Sideline are underneath an overhang. The top four rows in sections 101 through 111 and the North half of 112 are underneath an overhang.

 Where are the ATM’s located in the stadium?

North of Section 127 – Inside the Heineken Supporters Bar (Knuckle Building) Elevator Lobby
North/East of Section 101 – In front of Lindner Athletic Center glass doors

 Where do I meet if my children are involved in the on field activities? (Ball Managers, Walkout Kids, Flag kids, High School Shootout)

Walkout Kids & Flag Kids
Check-in: One hour and fifteen minutes prior to kickoff behind Section 101 - Check-in table will be located inside Lindner Building
Pickup: Kids will meet their parents behind Section 126 immediately following pregame procession.

Ball Managers
Check-in: One hour and thirty minutes prior to kickoff behind Section 101 - Check-in table will be located inside Lindner Building
Pickup: Ball managers will meet their parents behind Section 101 immediately following the game

High School Soccer Shootout Participants
Check-in: participants will meet behind Section 101 at 30-minute mark (15 minutes before halftime)