Don Garber visited Cincinnati on Tuesday with a “special announcement” about the future of soccer in Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati supporters, players, coaches, media, and of course the front office and owners packed into Rhinegeist Brewery for the half hour presentation.
FC Cincinnati live-streamed the event on the big screen at Fountain Square. The majority of fans attended there and celebrated at the party hosted by 3CDC that featured food, drink, a DJ, and lots of FCC gear.
- FC Cincinnati was announced as the 26th MLS expansion team by Commissioner Don Garber.
- They will start play in MLS in 2019 at Nippert Stadium.
- The club’s proposed 21,000 seat stadium to be built in the city’s West End neighborhood is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
- As previously announced, Mercy Health will be the team’s jersey sponsor, starting with the 2019 MLS season.
- FC Cincinnati’s MLS conference has not yet been determined, but will be finalized in the coming months. The assumption is that it will be the Eastern Conference, but the decision is dependent on several factors.
- Season ticket members have priority in seat selection for the inaugural 2019 MLS season. Fans without priority can earn a higher priority in 2019 by purchasing pro-rated 2018 season tickets from now until June 30th. On Monday July 2nd, FCC will begin taking $50 deposits for 2019 season tickets.
- Average MLS attendance for 2017 was an all-time high at 22,106 per game. FCC’s current attendance for the 2018 season stands just under 24,500 fans per game.
Commissioner Garber confirmed in the post-event press conference that the long delay in a decision was related to the ability to secure the West End Stadium site.
Tonight’s event is the culmination of 18 months of negotiations between FC Cincinnati and MLS. Those are the basics. Stay tuned to Orange & Blue press for images and more color from Tuesday’s #MLS2CINCY celebration.