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Monday, July 22, 2019

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Officials recently revealed new renderings of FC Cincinnati’s future home—West End Stadium. The new look shows an update to the $250 million project’s exterior and roof.

Designer Populous released the images last week.

Images: Populous

Officials recently new renderings of FC Cincinnati’s future home—West End Stadium. The new look reveals an update to the $250 million project’s exterior and roof.

“We are so proud of this incredible design that Populous has delivered to FC Cincinnati,” said the team’s CEO and managing owner, Carl H. Lindner III.

“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. 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.”

Project Background

The stadium, which will be among the largest in the country for the MLS, will house FC Cincinnati and seat 26,500 (with the ability to increase to 30,000), costing an estimated $250 million. The project is being bankrolled by privately by the club’s local ownership group.

In June of last year, the team named Turner Construction Co. as the construction manager, Meis Architects as the architect of record, Elevar Design Group as the local architecture firm helping Meis Architects, Jostin Construction as Turner's construction management partner and Machete Group as the owner's representative.

In March, the team announced that it had replaced Meis with Populous, with the project being led by Jonathan Mallie, Senior Principal and Director of the New York office.

That group’s renderings were released in November and featured a canopy roof and a facade to be clad with ethylene tetrafluoro-ethylene foil technology, which would permit the whole building to shine with color-changing LEDs.

Current Design

The biggest change is at the roof. The 360-degree canopy roof will now use 513 vertical fins that will house 2.5 miles of what officials call a “one-of-a-kind” LED lighting system that will allow motion sequences to be displayed on the stadium’s east-facing facade.

The biggest change is at the roof. The 360-degree canopy roof will now use 513 vertical fins that will house 2.5 miles of what officials call a “one-of-a-kind” LED lighting system that will allow motion sequences to be displayed on the stadium’s east-facing facade.

Other external features include:

  • The west-side facade will feature a traditional metal-and-glass aesthetic to create a smooth transition into the surrounding neighborhood;
  • A total of six entrance gates will bring fans into the building at concourse level;
  • The Grand Staircase will rise 30 feet from Central Parkway, providing a grand entrance into the stadium and showcasing the club’s supporters march; and
  • The Mercy Health Plaza, located in the southeast corner of the stadium, will provide an acre of visible, accessible community programming space at the crossroads of two neighborhood.

Internal design features include:

    Final seating capacity between 26,000 and 26,500;

  •  A 110-yard-by-75-yard natural grass field;
  •  A total of 4,500 total premium seats in suites and premium clubs;
  •  59 Suites, including two party suites and three field-level suites;
  •  Four distinct premium club areas, each with unique designs and amenities;
  • 3,100 safe-standing seats in The Bailey, the designated supporter’s section that encompasses the entire north end of the stadium at a dramatic 34-degree pitch;
  • The upper mezzanine wraps around three sides of the stadium to completely enclose the bowl; and
  • Two video boards and two LED ribbon scoreboards that wrap the mezzanine’s façade around the stadium.

The stadium is still slated to open in March 2021.

   

Tagged categories: Building facades; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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