FC Cincinnati’s West End Stadium hosted a fin lighting ceremony on March 18 in preparation for its season home opener this spring. The ceremony showed off the stadium’s unique lighting system, which has never before been used on a stadium facade.
“The exterior HD LED lighting will display unique motion sequences making West End Stadium among the world’s most distinctive sporting venues,” a release from FC Cincinnati reads.
The team recently revealed that it will play Inter Miami CF in the match that will serve as both the 2021 season’s home opener and West End Stadium’s very first Major League Soccer game.
The match begins at 4 p.m. May 16 and will be nationally televised on FOX and FOX Deportes. Tickets are available only in season membership packages.
Construction began on West End Stadium in 2018 and will be completed in time for the home opener. The stadium will hold about 26,000 fans and will feature a 360-degree roof canopy. Take a sneak peek from CityBeat’s recent tour.
FC Cincinnati’s new home in the West End has a name: TQL Stadium.
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The announcement came Wednesday from the soccer club and Total Quality Logistics that TQL, based in Clermont County, bought the naming rights to the stadium.
TQL Stadium is set to open May 1, with a ribbon-cutting and some team practices there. The first home match against Inter Miami is scheduled for May 16.
The naming rights partnership includes signs inside and outside the stadium, a branded bar area and branded seating area. The stadium’s lighted sign will feature the company’s logo moving across the stadium’s exterior.
Union Township-based TQL and FC Cincinnati declined to give details about the deal, such as cost and duration of the partnership. They said only that the deal is long-term.