MATCHDAY GUIDE | FC Cincinnati vs New York Red Bulls – Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs: Round One, Game 1


Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs
Round One, Game 1
#1 FC Cincinnati vs #8 New York Red Bulls

The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs come to Cincinnati for the first time Sunday night, as FC Cincinnati will host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, October 29 at TQL Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET for the nationally-televised matchup.  

Fans will want to be in their seats early with plenty of special pre-game ceremonies and events taking place, including a special 360-camera activation which fans will want to be part of. 

For the events surrounding Sunday night, from pre-game activations, to what to know ahead of heading to TQL Stadium, take a look below at what is going on Sunday:

With kickoff set for 8 p.m., gates to TQL Stadium open at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Head over to Washington Park beginning at 5 p.m. as the pre-match party gets started with plenty of free, family-friendly fan experiences including food trucks, drinks and activities including:
•    DJ Jay Kruz 
•    Commemorative Playoff Photobooth 
•    Continental Tire Activation
•    Face Paint & Balloon Art
•    FCC Inflatables
•    FIFA Station
•    FC Cincinnati marketing table

At 6:50 p.m., fans can join the high-energy march into the stadium with smoke, drums and chants. Luke Wiggins will be performing pre-match on the East Plaza.

Fans headed up the East Plaza entering TQL Stadium at the First Financial Gate can have their picture taken by Event Photo Stations, courtesy of SeatGeek.

Fans will want to be in their seats early for special pre-match presentations throughout the stadium and on the field prior to kickoff. 

The Bailey is general admission, safe standing only. Singing, drums, flags, and smoke are expected during the match. No opposing team fans or colors allowed.

Read below for more information regarding new parking options, the stadium’s updated clear bag policy, and NFC Ticketing:

Parking Options

A new temporary single-match parking option in 2023 is currently available at the Temporary North Surface Lot. Plan ahead for matchday with our Parking Information.

Bag Policy

TQL Stadium has updated its Clear Bag Policy. Learn more about our TQL Stadium Bag Policy.

NFC Ticketing

In addition to mobile ticketing, FC Cincinnati and SeatGeek will be utilizing NFC Ticketing (Near Field Communication) at all stadium gates and entrances. Fans can add their ticket to Apple Wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch and simply tap their device at the reader at the gate to enter the stadium. Learn more with our Mobile Ticketing Information.

Visit HERE for more information regarding what to know this season at TQL Stadium. Fans should be sure to be in their seats shortly before kickoff as things get started with the pre-match ritual in the Northwest corner of the stadium.

For an A-to-Z stadium guide, parking information, a stadium map, road closures, bag policy, concessions information and more, visit

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, fans in Ohio can purchase 50/50 Raffle Tickets to support the FC Cincinnati Foundation. All tickets can be purchased online at or on the official FC Cincinnati app.

The 50/50 Raffle will run from Sunday through next Saturday’s Game 2 of the Best-of-3 series. anyone who purchases a raffle ticket will be automatically entered to win a prize

The 50/50 Raffle will be benefitting the FC Cincinnati Foundation and help fund its key programs: Soccer Unites, Mini Soccer Pitch Builds, West End Pride, and Learning Is Cool as the Foundation works to improve the lives of children in our region through soccer.

Raffle Tickets are one for $10, 10 for $20, 50 for $50 and 200 for $100. No tickets are purchased in-person or with cash. The winning ticket will be announced post-match at and on FCCF social media channels.