$250M OH Stadium Clears Construction Hurdles


The development plan for Cincinnati’s new $250 million stadium has been approved by city council, allowing the team to move forward with construction and remain on track to meet the 2021 season timeline.

About the Project

Meis Architects, along with Cincinnati-based Elevar Design Group, released renderings of the new 26,500-seat stadium in November 2018, with emphasis on the structure of the roof.

The stadium will have a canopy roof that will surround the entire bowl, essentially providing cover for all seating rows. The encompassing roof and facade will all be clad with ethylene tetrafluoro-ethylene foil technology, which will permit the whole building to shine with color-changing LEDs.

The seating is slated to be situated as close to the sidelines as possible, providing a steep bowl that will allow a “dynamic soccer viewing experience.” The Bailey—the club’s designated support section—will be located at the north end of the stadium and will double the group’s current area more than 3,000 seats in one steep tier behind the home goal.

The FC announced the construction and design team in June, which includes Turner Construction Co. as the construction manager, Meis as the architect of record, Elevar as the local architecture firm helping Meis, Jostin Construction as Turner's construction management partner and Machete Group as the owner's representative.

What Now

Before city council approved the development plan, the club had to reach a “good neighbor” agreement with the Cincinnati Ballet.

The agreement calls for the FC to put $1 million into an escrow account for potential sound mitigation in the ballet’s headquarters if studies show that the noise level will increase beyond the current decibel level as a result of the stadium, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Before city council approved the development plan, the club had to reach a “good neighbor” agreement with the Cincinnati Ballet.

The agreement also:

  • Requires the FCC to provide security for the ballet’s parking lot, including signage and gates;
  • Requires the FCC not to push for the closure of Central Parkway during game days and that it provide access to the ballet’s site at all times;
  • Creates a window ending April 1 for the ballet and the FCC to negotiate to terminate the ballet’s lease and move from its site. If so, the $1 million could become a capital contribution to a new facility; and
  • Stats that if the ballet moves before the end of its lease, the FCC will not collect rent while it’s in the process of moving. The agreement contemplates as an example a two-year period that would be valued at $453,336.

FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding thanked city council for its 7-0 approval vote.

“We will continue to work with the City Administration, which has done terrific work to date, as we get underway with construction,” Berding said.

“We’re eager to get back to work on the site, as are local contractors, subcontractors and workers. We expect to meet Major League Soccer’s deadlines and open the stadium on time for the 2021 season.”


Tagged categories: Developers; Good Technical Practice; North America; Residential Construction; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Upcoming projects

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