West End Stadium
In April 2018, FC Cincinnati completed negotiations with the City of Cincinnati and various municipal agencies to build a state-of-the-art, $250+ million soccer-specific stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Designed by world-renowned architectural firm MEIS – widely recognized as one of the profession’s most innovative and forward-thinking firms – FCC’s West End Stadium is set to open in March 2021
When completed, the stadium will be one of the largest soccer-specific stadiums in Major League Soccer, with a capacity between 25,500 and 26,500, depending on final design elements.
The stadium will feature a grass field and a full canopy roof designed to go around the entire stadium bowl and completely cover all seating rows.
The roof and stadium façades will feature Ethylene Tetrafluoro-ethylene (ETFE) foil technology, which will allow the club to light up the stadium in various color combinations and designs during events.
The inside bowl design also currently includes a cut-out feature in the southeast corner that will allow spectators a clear view of the Cincinnati skyline from their seats.
The Bailey – FC Cincinnati’s supporters section – will be almost double the capacity of the club’s current home at Nippert Stadium. Located on the north end of the stadium, it will rise straight up from field level.
A wide range of new premium seating and entertainment options – including multiple club seating options and suite configurations – will be available for fans.
The players’ needs were at the forefront of the design of the team areas at the stadium, including the team room and medical facilities.
When completed, the West End Stadium will meet all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, featuring top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Additionally, the facility will be a desirable destination for international club teams to play in during North American tours and friendlies.
On the world stage, Cincinnati is one of the final 23 host city candidates in the United 2026 World Cup Committee’s bid, which features an innovative combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. FIFA is expected to announce which cities will host games in 2020.