Best Of 2017

Best SEASON TICKET DEAL: Futbol Club Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s hottest sports ticket in town last year belonged to Futbol Club Cincinnati, which spread its orange-and-blue fandom all across town during its inaugural season. With uber-professional business and marketing efforts led by the deep pockets of Carl Lindner III and former Bengals executive Jeff Berding, the organization asked for — and did receive — the city’s utmost attention. Then it followed through on the pitch, making the United Soccer League playoffs and competing against top European teams in friendlies along the way. The team’s record-setting attendance numbers at UC’s Nippert Stadium piqued the interested of Major League Soccer, which is seriously considering the local club for inclusion during its next round of expansion. The team has already sold out of 2017 season tickets in “The Bailey” — the end zone section where the rowdiest fans set off flares and chant European-style soccer stuff. But general admission season tickets are still available and only cost $75 — total. FC Cincinnati, fccincinnati.com.