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Cincinnati fans to pick stadium seating design

FC Cincinnati fans are being asked to help the club make a very visible, lasting design decision for the club’s under-construction West End Stadium.

Fans have until the end of this week to register their votes for their favourite final bowl seating design from a group of four patterns designed by stadium architect Populous.

FC Cincinnati will reveal the winning design on Wednesday, May 27. Seat installation in West End Stadium is expected to begin in the autumn.

FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said:

From the first days of FC Cincinnati, our supporters and fans have been a key part of the organic growth of our club. Given their enthusiasm and leadership in helping us build FCC, we wanted to include our fans and our city in this fun decision.

Images from inside stadiums are iconic and easily recognizable, and so it’s very special to us that our fans will help make this decision that will represent our club for many years to come. We have four great options – all of which would look fantastic inside West End Stadium – so we’re excited to see what the fans like.

FC Cincinnati’s West End Stadium is currently under construction, and the installation of the horizontal trusses to support the stadium’s 360-degree canopy roof began last week. The stadium will open in Spring 2021.

Populous has designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that will be one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer.

The $250 million, privately funded stadium will have a 26,000 capacity, with the closest seats within 15ft of the field.

The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. Additionally, the team’s famous supporters’ section, The Bailey, will grow to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end.

A 360-degree canopy roof will cover every seat in the stadium, but still allow sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field.

The stadium will have five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coaches offices, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. 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, as well as the world’s top club teams for friendlies.

Images: Two of the proposed designs, courtesy of FC Cincinnati

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