WEST END, OH (FOX19) – Shovels hit the dirt Tuesday at $200 million Stargel Stadium for the FC Cincinnati stadium.
The 4 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony drew thousands of people.
Several city, community and sports leaders attended including Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, FC Cincinnati managing owner Carl H. Lindner III, FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
The gates at 1441 Central Ave. opened at 3 p.m. and the first 2,000 people in received a commemorative shovel.
The entire project won’t be complete until 2021.
A draft design of the project shows it standing at 110-feet tall and seating for 26,500 people.
The exterior will have a wrap around cover that can light up and change colors.
There also are plans for an elevated plaza and two other buildings to the east of the stadium.
Some key issues remain unclear: where parking will be and how much will tickets will cost.
FC Cincinnati will pay for the stadium while Cincinnati, Hamilton County and the state of Ohio will pay about $50 million for infrastructure and parking.