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By DJ SWITZER, 04/25/16, 8:45PM EDT


In the two home matches that FC Cincinnati has hosted so far, a combined 35,000 turned out to cheer on the Orange & Blue for the first. Obviously, the club is delighted with not only the size of the crowd, but also the way the city has embraced the team. But the size of those crowds definitely exposed some areas that needed additional focus to ensure the thousands of fans that show up to cheer on FCC have a great match day experience.

One of those areas that required further attention: parking.

We’ve heard from fans over the phone, on social media and in the streets that they experienced long lines getting into the garages on campus. In particular, the garages to the South of Nippert Stadium seemed to be where queues formed the fastest.

And with University of Cincinnati commencement taking place at Fifth Third Arena prior to Saturday’s kickoff against Wilmington, there could be even more traffic to deal with.

As such, FC Cincinnati has instituted some changes to the parking services and has some advice to impart ahead of this weekend’s game to ensure you have the smoothest parking experience possible:

  1. All of the parking garages accessed by Corry Boulevard to the South of Nippert Stadium — CCM, Varsity Village, Calhoun and Corry — are now prepaid pass parking only. That’s a change from the first two match days, as Corry Garage had previously been a cash garage. An updated parking map PDF is available below.  And if you’d like to purchase your parking pass ahead of time, check the link below!
  2. Large crowds are once again expected for a our match, and with UC commencement being held prior to our game at Fifth Third Arena immediately next to Nippert Stadium, it’s is the club’s advice to avoid parking in the Corry Garage entirely. Significantly more parking will be available in the cash only garages along Martin Luther King Drive on the North side of campus. Don’t want to bring cash? Buy your pass now using the link below!
  3. Don’t forget that there is also off-campus parking located along Calhoun and McMillan Streets, just to the South of campus. Those garages might provide some parking relief with the traffic crunch expected due to graduation.