FC Cincinnati Confirms Commitments in Stadium Development


In a letter to Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and members of the City Council, FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding reiterated three commitments the club made at Tuesday's Budget and Finance Committee hearing.

The soccer club is committed to entering into a parking agreement with the Greater Cincinnati Educational Television Foundation with respect to parking for its employees in the Town Center Garage during FC Cincinnati matches. The club will work with CET to identity the appropriate number of parking spaces needed for their employees at the game-day rate.

The second commitment is the club's ongoing relationship with the West End and Over-The-Rhine neighborhoods. They plan to submit its final development plan for the stadium in March to the appropriate committees, departments and coalitions.

In it's third commitment, FC Cincinnati will work with the Cincinnati Ballet regarding its leasehold rights.

The Ballet has said it would either co-exist with the soccer club throughout the remainder of the lease or relocate to another site with associated financial terms and support from FCC.

Berding says the club is 100% committed to honoring the Ballet's lease where they will continue to operate their facility north of Wade Street and have surface parking just south on Wade.

FCC has also presented a "good neighbor agreement" to the Ballet which is similar to the agreement reached with Music Hall addressing noise and parking issues.