Cincinnati, Ohio

TV Market: Nielsen DMA #36*
Team: FC Cincinnati – USL
Venue: Currently sharing the 35,000 seat Nippert Stadium with the University of Cincinnati, but are looking to secure a site for a soccer specific stadium
Money: Investment group led by Carl Lindner III (Great American Insurance)
Summary: The Cincinnati bid submitted its application on time, but true to form, released very little information about its contents. FC Cincinnati General Manager Jeff Berding stated that it “satisfied all the requirements,” and is “far stronger than people think.” The city’s USL team continues to receive exceptional support, recently surpassing the 10,000 season ticket holder threshold. The most recent news involves speculation about the location and architecture of a potential new stadium.
Recent News & Resources:

  • 11/29 – Don Garber visits Cincinnati for Town Hall [O&B Press]
  • 12/15 – FC Cincinnati GM Berding says team is looking for 20 acre stadium site between Ohio river and University of Cincinnati [Cincinnati Enquirer]
  • 12/23 – Columbus article sites Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt’s possible reluctance (in July) over competing with another Ohio team. Precourt is one of a five member MLS expansion decision committee. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • 1/19 – Brief update on MLS expansion from FC Cincinnati GM Jeff Berding (VIDEO) –  [Local 12
  • 1/31 – Cincinnati bid submits expansion application to MLS. [Cincinnati Business Courier
  • 2/1 – Cincinnati MLS Expansion Profile – Brian Straus [SI]
  • 2/3 – Northern Kentucky could be a location option for the new stadium. [River City News]
  • 2/6 – Mayor doesn’t see public funds being used for a new stadium. [Enquirer
  • 2/7 – Architect Hints at FC Cincinnati Stadium Design [Cincinnati Business Courier]
  • 2/8 – FC Cincinnati passes 10,000 in season ticket sales for 2017 season. [Enquirer][Enquirer]
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