TQL Stadium has once again been recognized as one of the top facilities in sports. This past weekend, the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) honored TQL Stadium and the Motz group for their construction excellence in the build of the playing surface in FC Cincinnati’s home.
At the annual ASBA Technical Meeting & Trade Show in Palm Desert, Calif. in early December, TQL Stadium was named Single Field Facility of the Year. Special recognition was also given to the Motz Group, who installed the hybrid turf system and natural grass maintenance tools (AirPAT) for the club’s world-class soccer-specific stadium, which opened in May 2021.
The ASBA is a non-profit trade association comprised of builders, designers and suppliers for sports facilities which exists to promote the highest standards of design, construction and maintenance. Each year, the Association recognize tennis, running tracks, and indoor facilities. The state-of-the-art turfgrass technology AirPAT and Eclipse which were utilized at TQL Stadium by Motz for the first time in MLS.
About TQL Stadium
TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America, but the world. Critically acclaimed firm Populous designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that is one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer.
The closest seats are within 15 feet of the pitch at the $250 million, privately funded stadium. The stadium includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. FC Cincinnati’s supporters’ section, The Bailey, seats 3,100 fans and looms over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in TQL Stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field. The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coach’s office, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs.
Within the first year of the TQL Stadium’s completion, the venue featured both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, including the USMNT’s FIFA World Cup Qualification match vs Mexico in November 2021. The stadium’s first concert was held in May 2022 and featured the legendary rock band The Who.