FCC offers biting retort to Music Hall’s noise impact report for West End stadium

FCC noise impact study released

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati’s professional soccer team is at odds with the Cincinnati Art Association -- over noise.

The association released a report Monday night saying it shows FC Cincinnati games will disrupt performances and rehearsals inside Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium.

In December, Cincinnati police conducted a test simulating gunfire inside the auditorium to test the sound impact of the team’s games may have on the acoustics in the building.

READ MORE: Simulated gunfire planned Thursday inside Music Hall

Cincinnati Arts Association commissioned Akustiks to analyze sound impacts and the firm completed their “Preliminary Report of Noise Impacts at Cincinnati Music Hall” Thursday evening.

They say the reports in the study show the noise from a typical game at FCC’s soon-to-be West End stadium will be ‘readily audible by the audience and performers.’

This study isn’t the final draft by the firm, however. Akustiks says this is a first draft and they will continue to analyze and study the sounds and report back to the association.

The firm says they found that the noise from games at its peak -- like fans responding to a home team’s goal -- would exceed background noise in Music Hall by between as much as 12 dB at some frequencies.

FCC President Jeff Berding offered biting remarks in response to a study on noise impacts of the new FCC stadium in the West End released by the Cincinnati Arts Association.
FCC President Jeff Berding offered biting remarks in response to a study on noise impacts of the new FCC stadium in the West End released by the Cincinnati Arts Association.

The results of Music Hall’s commissioned noise impact report did not sit well with the fußball club which offered a biting retort of their own.

FCC President Jeff Berding said that though his team has not yet been given the opportunity to review and discuss the findings with the Cincinnati Arts Association, he can offer experience from playing three years at Nippert Stadium.

Berding hit back on the report with a reminder that FCC’s games at Nippert are next to several performance, rehearsal and classroom buildings for the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) in an open stadium with crowds as large as 30,000 or more.

Berding said throughout the team’s partnership with the University of Cincinnati, he has never received a noise complaint from the university or the CCM.

He went on to reiterate his point several times in the letter, stating that Nippert is an open-design stadium with bigger crowds closer to arts venues.

Berding also said the lead engineer for The Kleingers Group, the group heading up the West End stadium, also estimated the distances between where the team currently plays and the buildings surrounding it, and where the West End stadium will be and the buildings surrounding it.

The team’s report says the closest FCC will be to Music Hall is 488 feet and the closest they will be to a performance inside Music Hall is 630 feet.

At Nippert, the report says the closest Nippert was to CCM was 98 feet and the closest the stadium was to a CCM performance venue was 404 feet.

Berding used the distance to argue that the noise impact for a smaller stadium in capacity that’s farther away from a music venue would be small than it is currently at Nippert.

“I think the real world experience of FCC at Nippert Stadium is much more credible,” Berding said in a biting remark in the letter.

Akustiks' sent a response to FC Cincinnati’s statement about the impact study.

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