CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The stolen FC Cincinnati banner was returned undamaged to the University of Cincinnati Police Department overnight, campus officials announced Monday morning.
The banner is at the police department now and will be returned to the team Monday, said UC Public Safety Director James Whalen.
"We are happy the banner was returned and undamaged," said FCC President and General Manager, Jeff Berding. "We thank UC Public Safety and the media for their assistance in its recovery and we consider the case closed. Lastly, we want to thank the person who returned the banner for doing the right thing."
An unknown person returned the banner to a UC Public Safety ambassador.
Officials began looking for it after it was taken following the team's inaugural home match victory against Charlotte Independence over the weekend.
The banner of a winged lion, located on the southern end of the upper eastside deck at Nippert Stadium, was stolen Sunday morning.
The theft was caught on camera and the club asked that the banner be returned within 24 hours.
"It was great night; great environment. We assume that there were some fans just caught up in the moment. These are large banners 25 by 30, probably too big to hang up in a house off campus," said Berding. "So just do the right thing and drop them off. We'll put it up right back up here."
The cost of the banner 25x30-foot is nearly $10,000.
The banner will be re-hung in time for the club's game against River Cities Cup rival, Louisville City FC, Saturday.
"We had the banners put in place to add FCC color to the stadium and enhance the game day visuals for soccer fans," said Berding. "We hope that anyone who visits the stadium to enjoy an FCC soccer match will continue to show their enthusiasm in a respectful manner."