FC Cincinnati (19-4-8, 65 points; 1st Eastern Conference) vs New York Red Bulls (8-13-10, 34 points; 12th Eastern Conference)
Supporters’ Shield Celebration
Just days after winning the 2023 Supporters’ Shield, FC Cincinnati return to TQL Stadium to host the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff on Wednesday, October 4 is set for 7:30 p.m. FC Cincinnati will officially lift their silverware for the first time immediately following the match.
For the events surrounding Wednesday night, from pre-game activations, to what to know ahead of heading to TQL Stadium, take a look below at what is going on Wednesday:
With kickoff set for 7:30 p.m., gates to TQL Stadium open at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON PARK ACTIVATIONS
Head over to Washington Park at 4:30 p.m. as the pre-match party gets started with plenty of free, family-friendly fan experiences including food trucks, drinks and activities including:
• Live music from DJ Diamond
• FIFA station
• Face paint and balloon art
• Games including Snooker Ball, the Striker Challenge and a slide
• FC Cincinnati merchandise sales
• FC Cincinnati marketing table
At approximately 6:20 p.m., fans can join the high-energy march into the stadium with smoke, drums and chants. Chace Saunders will be performing pre-match on the East Plaza.
Fans may bring one unopened, factory-sealed bottle of water (up to 20 oz.) into the match.
SUPPORTERS’ SHIELD CELEBRATION
Fans will want to remain in their seats at the conclusion of Wednesday’s match, as the team will lift the Supporters’ Shield trophy in front of the faithful fans of the Orange and Blue.
TOYS FOR TOTS
Toys for Tots will be collecting donations outside each of the four main gates of TQL Stadium, and additionally at Washington Park on Wednesday. Fans can donate new, unopened kids toys to any of the donation bins. Supporters can also donate monetarily to Toys for Tots through QR codes located on signs at each of the bin locations.
Through the gift of a new toy or book, the Toys for Tots program helps bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's disadvantaged children.
INSIDE TQL STADIUM
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:
A new temporary single-match parking option is currently available at the Temporary North Surface Lot. Plan ahead for matchday with our Parking Information.
TQL Stadium has updated its Clear Bag Policy. Learn more about our TQL Stadium Bag Policy.
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 FCCincinnati.com/Matchday.
FC CINCINNATI 50/50 RAFFLE
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, fans in Ohio can purchase 50/50 Raffle Tickets to support the FC Cincinnati Foundation. All tickets can be purchased online at FCCincinnati5050.com or on the official FC Cincinnati app.
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, and the raffle closes at the 75th minute of Wednesday's game. The winning ticket will be announced post-match at FCCincinnati5050.com and on FCCF social media channels.