CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Taft Senators will look to close Stargel Stadium on a high note Friday night. The stadium is set to close to make way for FC Cincinnati’s new soccer-only stadium.
On Friday, the Stargel will honor their dad as the stadium that bears his name sees its last regular season football game. The family says their dad, Willard Stargel Jr., was not only a great athlete for UC in the mid 1940s, but he was a man of unquestionable character.
“He wanted to take young men and make them ... give them opportunities that they may not otherwise have," daughter Janice said.
Stargel died in 1990 at the age of 67 but his family said their dad’s legacy lives on.
“I’m just happy. I’m going to just go out here and root for the Senators and hope that they win their last game at Stargel Stadium," Janice said.
Taft hosts Aiken Friday night at 7:30 p.m, and then hands the keys over to FCC.
FCC is expected to break ground on a $214 million dollar stadium by year’s end. It will open in 2021.
A new Stargel Stadium is already planned right across the street from the old one.
FC Cincinnati is set to take over the land at Taft in November, after the current Stargel Stadium is demolished.
Starting in December, 200 to 400 workers are expected to join forces to construct the new soccer stadium.