FC Cincinnati awaits 'significant' news, Tuesday dubbed Orange and Blue Day

MLS coming to Cincy?
Published: May. 24, 2018 at 1:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2018 at 4:19 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FC Cincinnati fans have been patiently waiting for an announcement about the club's major league expansion bid for months. And finally, there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Major League Soccer is coming to Cincinnati on Tuesday for a press conference regarding a "significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati," FCC officials said.

The event will be at Rhinegeist brewery at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with MLS commissioner Don Garber, FCC President Jeff Berding, Owner Carl Lindner and Mayor John Cranley.

Sources told FOX19 this past week the visit is likely a sign FCC will be awarded its long-awaited invitation to join MLS. Cincinnati is up against Sacramento an Detroit to win expansion bid.

MLS had recently admitted Nashville into the league with an announcement in Music City.

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If MLS awards a franchise to FC Cincinnati, the city would spend $33.8 million for roads and other infrastructure for the stadium. Funds would come from a variety of sources including the Downtown/Over-the-Rhine East TIF district, the sale of the Blue Ash Airport, the city's portion of the Hamilton County hotel tax and the city's capital fund.

In April, Cincinnati City Council approved a proposed funding plan for a 21,000-seat FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End.

Before the council vote, community groups representing the West End signed a Community Benefits Agreement, but not everyone was happy to see a stadium in their neighborhood.

The proposal has been the subject of much controversy in recent months, but the agreement invests FCC money into infrastructure, scholarships and youth sports programs and sets up a 15 member Community Advisory Council.

Berding has said FC Cincinnati has every intention of being good neighbors and having economic inclusion and jobs and opportunity in a neighborhood that needs it.

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