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Populous takes over on FC Cincinnati stadium

Populous has replaced Meis Architects as architect of record on FC Cincinnati’s West End Stadium project.

The stadium is currently under construction and a spokeswoman for FC Cincinnati told PS&AM:

Populous is now our architect of record on FC Cincinnati’s West End Stadium project. We have a unique vision for West End Stadium and look for it to stand out not only among soccer-specific stadiums, but also sports facilities in general, in North America.

Meis brought tremendous creativity and originality to the design process and they’ve helped us create a community asset that will be a central part of the city for years to come. With Populous coming on board to lead the project at this stage, they’re bringing a world-renowned design firm with vast resources to the project to completion and meet our deadlines.

Elevar will continue to be the local partner on the project and will continue to work closely with the City of Cincinnati and the project management team, Machete.

Originally designed by Meis Architects and supported locally by Elevar, the stadium’s capacity is expected to be 26,000.

Prominent features include a canopy roof configured around the entire bowl to cover all seating rows, which is intended to enhance the fan experience inside the stadium while suppressing noise externally.

The façades of the roof and stadium are equipped with Ethylene Tetrafluoro-ethylene (ETFE) foil technology, allowing for varying colours and patterns to be displayed on the translucent surface.

Cincinnati’s designated supporters section, the Bailey, will preside over the north end of the stadium.

Kansas City-based Populous designed Minnesota’s Allianz Field, Washington D.C.’s Audi Field and the Orlando City Stadium.

The firm has been a major player over the last decade in establishing the US’s soccer infrastructure.

The stadium is expected to open in 2021.