FC Cincinnati has announced the principal development partners for its $200-plus million Major League Soccer stadium in the West End neighbourhood of Cincinnati.
Architectural firm MEIS will design the stadium, while Turner Construction will manage its construction. The Machete Group will manage all phases of FCC’s West End stadium, and U.S. Bank is the finance partner for the stadium.
MEIS is widely recognised as one of the profession’s most innovative firms and its work focuses on enhancing both fan experience and revenue generation.
MEIS is currently designing stadiums for AS Roma and Everton FC, two highly anticipated projects that will set a new benchmark for stadia in Serie A and the English Premier League.
FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding said:
We’re thrilled to secure all four of these companies for our MLS stadium project. On the design and construction side, we had several strong options in each area. However, MEIS and Turner are trend-setters and have led the recent movement toward fan-centred facilities.
To have two of the industry’s top firms joining forces to work on our MLS stadium is really exciting. Not only do they each bring experience creating iconic stadiums, they also have extensive experience working together on the same projects to build some of the greatest venues in our sport.
Having an industry leader like Machete guiding the project, and with the financial support from U.S. Bank and its experience in the sports market, we’ve assembled a stellar, collaborative group that will deliver us a venue that is fitting of the Queen City, the West End and the club’s future.
MEIS principal Dan Meis and the firm’s key staff have led the design of a number of existing MLS stadiums, including Toyota Park (Chicago), Talen Energy Stadium (Philadelphia), Rio Tinto Stadium (Salt Lake City) and StubHub Center( Los Angeles). Other projects members of MEIS have led include Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati), Staples Center (Los Angeles) and Safeco Field (Seattle). Meis said:
It is the rare opportunity for a stadium architect to return to a city that was so important to the development of his career. Paul Brown Stadium will always be one of my most important projects of my career and the FC Cincinnati stadium is an incredible opportunity to return to a city that means so much to me. With our FC Cincinnati project, we expect to design a truly urban stadium that draws on the unique fabric of the West End.
Locally, MEIS is partnering with Elevar Design Group on some of the project’s architectural elements.
With a backlog of more than $17 billion, Turner Construction is recognized as the largest construction management firm in the US and is the industry leader in sports facility development and construction.
The firm has constructed more than 45 percent of all current MLS stadiums and is currently providing pre-construction services for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.