FC Cincinnati announces development partners for MLS Stadium project

WCN Editorial Team 3 Jul 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Ohio-based FC Cincinnati has announced principal development partners for its $200m Major League Soccer stadium in the West End neighbourhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to FC Cincinnati, architectural firm MEIS will design the facility, Turner Construction will manage its construction, the Machete Group will manage all phases of FCC’s West End stadium, and the US Bank will be the finance partner for the stadium.

FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding said: “We’re thrilled to secure all four of these companies for our MLS stadium project. On the design and construction side, we had several strong options in each area. However, MEIS and Turner are trend-setters and have led the recent movement toward fan-centred facilities.

“To have two of the industry’s top firms joining forces to work on our MLS stadium is really exciting. Not only do they each bring experience creating iconic stadiums, they also have extensive experience working together on the same projects to build some of the greatest venues in our sport.

“Having an industry leader like Machete guiding the project, and with the financial support from US Bank and its experience in the sports market, we’ve assembled a stellar, collaborative group that will deliver us a venue that is fitting of the Queen City, the West End and the club’s future.”

While MEIS will be partnering with Elevar Design Group on some of the project’s architectural elements, Turner is partnering with Jostin Construction, an African-American owned firm.

Machete Group will oversee the project, including site and master planning, venue programme, design team assembly, project budget and project schedule. It will also help FC Cincinnati optimise premium product and sponsorship assets.

FC Cincinnati said that US Bank will provide financing to support the club in acquiring the team and constructing the new stadium. The bank supports MLS and provides capital and financial services to all five major sports leagues in the US.

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Image: FC Cincinnati has announced construction partners for MLS Stadium project. Photo: courtesy of FC Cincinnati / SportsEngine.

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