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FC Cincinnati unveils stadium design

FC Cincinnati has released renderings for their proposed Dan Meis designed soccer-specific stadium.

The design features a canopy on all four sides and a façade that can be illuminated with LED lights reflected off translucent material.

The 25,000-seat, horseshoe-shaped concept has been inspired by Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

The stadium is expandable to 30,000 seats when berm seating is added to one end of the closed-in horseshoe.

While they have a design, FC Cincinnati does not yet have a site secured for their proposed $200 million stadium, which they are seeking to fund through a public-private partnership.

The USL club currently plays at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and is currently considering three sites: one in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood, another in the city’s Oakley neighborhood and a third just across the Ohio River from downtown in Newport, Kentucky.

Club president Jeff Berding said that he hopes to break ground on a stadium by early spring 2018, with an eye on opening in time for the 2020 MLS season.

The stadium will only be built if Cincinnati is awarded an MLS expansion franchise.

FC Cincinnati are one of 12 groups vying for four MLS expansion spots.

Image courtesy of FC Cincinnati