FC Cincinnati wants high school stadium in West End if MLS bid granted

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - If FC Cincinnati is granted an MLS expansion bid, the team would fund a soccer-specific stadium in one of three spots: the West End, Oakley, or Newport, Ky.

If such a stadium were to be built in the West End, Stargel Stadium on Central Avenue would need to be replaced, according to team president and general manager Jeff Berding.

Berding attended a Cincinnati Public Schools meeting Monday and discussed stadium plans, as well as furthering the existing partnership between the team and the district.

FCC says it is committed to building "a new, bigger and better Stargel adjacent to the school" if the site is selected.

More than 40 speakers took the microphone Monday to express their desire to keep the stadium out of their neighborhood.

Stadium plans would not impact Taft High itself, according to Berding. Berding also says the new stadium would not claim any homes and would create 2,200 full-time jobs in the West End.

CPS will hold a community meeting Feb. 21 to hear from the public about the FC Cincinnati Stadium Development proposal. It will be held at Taft IT High School and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Berding hopes to know by the end of March whether FC Cincinnati has been granted an MLS expansion bid.

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