Tickets to FC Cincinnati's U.S. Open Cup semifinal match have sold out in less than one day.
High demand for the Aug. 15 match with New York Red Bulls brought the online ticket sales site to its knees on Tuesday. The club announced the sellout Wednesday morning.
“Our sales team sold 16,000 tickets in roughly seven hours and we are thrilled that our fans are excited about our match-up against New York Red Bulls," said FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding. "The atmosphere at Nippert Stadium is going to be spectacular.”
It was the largest sales day in the club's 2-season history.
Glitnir, the ticketing system, crashed Tuesday afternoon shortly after tickets went online. The issue was resolved around 7 p.m. and online sales continued until the official sellout Wednesday morning.
“I want to thank our fans for their understanding and patience when our system went down," Berding said. "Despite all the preparatory measures we took with Glitnir, the demand was simply too much for the system."
FC Cincinnati, part of the United Soccer League, is one of 12 clubs vying for one of the four Major League Soccer expansion bids. The club submitted their paperwork in January and is expecting to have an answer by the end of 2017.
The club recently released renderings of a proposed soccer-specific stadium and the three possible sites to build it. They are looking to build the stadium in Oakley, Over-The-Rhine/West End and across the river in Newport.
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