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FC Cincinnati to unveil design for potential MLS stadium on June 12

FC Cincinnati will reveal the design of their proposed $200 million stadium on June 12, the latest step in the USL club’s bid to join Major League Soccer.

Cincinnati will reveal the design in a private event for season ticket holders on June 12, two days before they host Columbus Crew SC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The club announced that they have hired architect Dan Meis to lead the project – Meis also designed the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium.

Club president Jeff Berding gave some hints about the stadium design on Friday afternoon.

“We’re not looking to do bricks. We’re not looking to do precast concrete – that’s what we have down at the riverfront now with the Reds and Bengals’ stadiums,” Berding said, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’re looking for much more modern, much more innovative. We think that having an innovative stadium design will show off our rising city.”

FC Cincinnati is still looking for a stadium site, with The Enquirer reporting last week that the club is currently eyeing three prospective sites. The club also have plans to build a $25 million suburban training facility, though they have not yet chosen a site for the practice complex.

Now in their second year of existence, FC Cincinnati was one of 12 groups that submitted an MLS expansion bid in January. MLS will select four new expansion clubs in the coming years, with the first two new teams to be awarded by the end of 2017.