FC Cincinnati has unveiled a Dan Meis-designed stadium that it hopes will serve as its permanent home and bolster its résumé for future MLS expansion.
Renderings and a model display a $200 million, 25,000-seat venue with the potential to expand to 30,000 seats. Signature design elements include a steep seating rake, roof canopy, and a unique façade of translucent material illuminated in LED lights.
FC Cincinnati hopes to break ground on the stadium by early spring 2018 and have the venue ready for 2020, when MLS plans on expanding by four clubs. Soccer-specific stadiums are often cited as a requirement for MLS expansion bids.
The club is pursuing a public-private partnership to finance the stadium. Ownership is committed to contributing $250 million, but $150 million of that would go to the MLS expansion fee.