CINCINNATI, OH (CelebrityAccess) — FC Cincinnati has revealed details of the design for its new West End Stadium, which is expected to open in March 2021.
Construction of the $250 million stadium is being privately financed by the team’s local ownership group which is FC Cincinnati CEO and owner Carl H. Lindner III.
The stadium’s features include a 360-degree canopy roof will cover all of the stadium’s seating and an unusual external structure composed of 513 vertical fins that will form the stadium’s exterior.
Each fin will include custom LED lighting that will allow for unique motion sequences to be displayed on the stadium’s east-facing façade, and for the stadium to be fully illuminated during games and events.
The west-side will also feature a more traditional glass facade to bring it in line with the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood.
The Mercy Health Plaza, located in the southeast corner of the stadium, will provide an acre of space for community programming and smaller events.
When it is complete, the stadium will have a capacity between 26,000 and 26,500, including 4,500 total premium seats in 59 suites and premium clubs, and 3,100 safe-standing seats in The Bailey, an area designated for the team’s fans.
“We are so proud of this incredible design that Populous has delivered to FC Cincinnati. It has been so well-thought and concepted, so carefully crafted. We believe it will stand as a true icon and unifying force in our city. Our deep passion for FC Cincinnati is to create a legacy in this city, contribute a positive impact on our community and help raise the profile of Cincinnati not only nationally, but also around the world,” Lindner said, announcing the stadium.
“We believe that soccer, as the world’s game, is a true unifying force and can bring our region closer together. West End Stadium provides us a remarkable platform to continue pushing those goals even further and enhance our impact not only locally, but across the globe. With West End Stadium as our platform, more people will learn about – and fall in love with – Cincinnati,” Lindner added.