Best Of 2022

Best Region-Wide Haul from One Soccer Game

TQL Stadium in Cincinnati's West End

Cincinnati loves soccer — and so do the thousands of people who come here from elsewhere to see it. The Queen City scored big in November when it hosted the World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico. Not only did the match bring hot stars to town, but it also gave a significant boost to Cincinnati’s tourism. The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau said that the sold-out Nov. 12 game was responsible for the region’s biggest tourism weekend at that point since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 (the city later raked in additional cash from the Cincinnati Bengals’ wild-card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium). The local economy received boosts from the match itself as well as from money that flowed into hotels, bars, restaurants and shops all weekend long. The cherry on top? USA won the match in front of TQL Stadium’s full capacity of 26,000 attendees.