February 26, 2021

Take a Sneak Peek Inside the West End's FC Cincinnati Stadium

Progress continues as the West End's $250 million FC Cincinnati stadium gears up for its slated mid-May first game. CityBeat hopped on a tour to see how the arena is shaping up. The stadium, which will hold 26,000 fans, is wrapped with illuminating "fins" that officials plan to turn on mid-March. All seats are covered by the stadium's 360-degree roof canopy, under which guests can find beers like Rhingeist, Sam Adams or Heineken at concession stands. The stadium's First Financial Club, the largest club in the building, spans the entire east side of the stadium and will be home to a beer hall offering 40 taps and focusing on craft beers. The hall is inspired by Over-the-Rhine's renaissance. FC Cincinnati began selling season tickets on Feb. 24. Prices start at $325 for the season (in the Bailey) and go up to $900. For more info, visit fccincinnati.com.
Photos by Francisco Huerta

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The stadium, with the city behind
Francisco Huerta

The stadium, with the city behind

View from inside the stadium
Francisco Huerta

View from inside the stadium

Exterior of the stadium, showing the illuminating fins
Francisco Huerta

Exterior of the stadium, showing the illuminating fins

Exterior of the stadium
Francisco Huerta

Exterior of the stadium

Inside the lounge area of the First Financial Club
Francisco Huerta

Inside the lounge area of the First Financial Club

View of "The Bailey" area for the team's most ardent fans
Francisco Huerta

View of "The Bailey" area for the team's most ardent fans

First Financial Club padded seating
Francisco Huerta

First Financial Club padded seating

Main gate entranceway
Francisco Huerta

Main gate entranceway

View of fins from main steps on Central Avenue
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View of fins from main steps on Central Avenue

Close up of LED strips
Francisco Huerta

Close up of LED strips