FC Cincinnati holds ribbon cutting for new soccer stadium

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Updated: May. 1, 2021 at 12:53 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio politicians and FC Cincinnati owners participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday to celebrate the opening of the new home for the soccer team.

“When sports are done right, everything that is making the city great lives in the passion of their fans,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said.

Gov. Mike DeWine, Sen. Rob Portman, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, the team’s managing owner Meg Whitman, and the CEO and Controlling Owner Carl Lindner III took part in the ceremony at the newly named TQL Stadium.

“Spend some extra time before or after to take it all in, breathe it all in. Every nook and cranny of this stadium has something special for someone,” Lindner said.

FC Cincinnati announced its partnership with Total Quality Logistics, TQL, on April 21.

“This neighborhood needs investment. It needs people believing in the neighborhood and the people in the neighborhood. We obviously put that commitment in a legal document with the city and we’ve exceeded it by, I think, a lot,” FC President Jeff Berding said

The stadium can hold up to 26,000 fans, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only 6,000 will be permitted when Inter Miami travels to the Queen City on May 16.

FOX19 NOW will have special pregame and postgame shows for the match, which is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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