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Volume 25 No. 198
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Documents Reveal Future Plans For FC Cincinnati's MLS Stadium

Planning documents submitted to the city for FC Cincinnati's MLS stadium "reveal future development plans around the stadium that include a hotel and entertainment venues," according to Sharon Coolidge of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. The plans also show that parking "remains a question mark for the stadium," as details about a Hamilton County (Ohio) garage at the site are "still under discussion." The documents are the "most detailed look yet at what the FC Cincinnati stadium will look like." The plans show that the venue will have "six levels on its east and west sides: the lower three for seating, atop two for suites and another for the media/television." It will have "no more than 26,500 seats." Plans show that four of the seven gates are "on the east side of the stadium, giving access to two-thirds of the stadium's seats." The "majority of parking -- 5,300 spaces are required under city code -- is outside the development." Parking is a "paramount concern for neighborhood residents, who don't want residential streets filled with fan cars" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/27). In Cincinnati, Steve Watkins noted the club "aims to have the stadium built in time" for the '21 MLS season. The team will begin MLS play next year and will "play its first two seasons at its current home in Nippert Stadium." Hamilton County is expected to "build a parking garage" that can hold up to 1,000 cars, but more parking "will be necessary" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/26).