CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - What's going on with FC Cincinnati?
On the top of most people's minds, perhaps, is whether the team plans to build a new stadium in the West End. The answer could depend on the Cincinnati Public School board.
This past week, Berding sent a letter to the board saying the team would welcome a meeting to discuss a potential partnership. Why get involved with Cincinnati schools? Taft High School's Stargel Stadium has been rumored to be part of the land needed to build a stadium in the West End. It's at Ezzard Charles Drive and Central Avenue. The team would need the board's approval for that land.
The board met Wednesday and had a chance to hear from the public. Every speaker was against building a soccer-specific stadium in the West End.
At a Tuesday meeting, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority voted to allow FC Cincinnati to buy parcels for development of homes. With that in mind, the NAACP released a statement Wednesday that read, in part:
This came before Berding released a statement of his own Wednesday.
In it, he said he hopes to know in February whether FC Cincinnati has been awarded an MLS franchise.
Berding also said multiple soccer-specific stadium locations remain in play, including Oakley, where they're conducting a traffic study and environmental analysis. Newport -- the Ovation development -- also remains in play.
"At the appropriate time, we would look forward to additional meetings with elected officials, residents and area stakeholders," Berding said.
So what about the West End? What about CPS? Here are the highlights from the rest of Berding's statement: