Join Q102 on Sheakley Lawn at Nippert Stadium for the FC Cincinnati pre-game party on Sunday, March 17th at 3pm!! Q102’s Kay will be spinning music and the Q Crew will taking pictures in the Q102 FC Cininnati photo area. Access the pre-game party through the Gate 2 entrance off Corry Blvd.
A new Striker Challenge will be set up for young fans to test their skills. Kids can accumulate points at each match, and the season-long standings will be posted on the Stadium video board during halftime of every game.
Also on March 17 in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the McGing Irish Dancers will be performing for fans, demonstrating traditional Irish Step Dancing.
FC Cincinnati will play its first-ever MLS game at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, March 17, when the club hosts MLS Cup finalists Portland Timbers in a 5 p.m. game that will be televised nationally on FS1.
Ticket sales for the game are approaching 30,000 two weeks out, and are selling fast. A host of ticket options – including season ticket memberships, single-game and mini plans – are available at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).
Mercy Health will present the inaugural home game, and provide more than 25,000 free Mercy Health jersey towels to fans attending the game. The towels are designed to replicate FCC’s inaugural primary kit, and will be distributed at the Nippert Stadium entry gates while supplies last.
Beginning with the March 17 home opener, expanded pregame firework and pyrotechnic elements will be presented by Rozzi Famous Fireworks at each home game in 2019.
In recognition of FC Cincinnati’s move to MLS, a ceremonial FCC flag will be raised above the south (horseshoe) end of Nippert Stadium prior to the game. This flag will then fly above the stadium every game this season. During the flag raising, fans will be signaled to raise their Mercy Health jersey towels for a commemorative photo.
An American flag will be delivered onto the field by Team FastTrax, the professional skydiving team. Their landing in Nippert Stadium will be streamed live into the stadium via jumper cameras, giving fans a birds-eye view of the Nippert Stadium atmosphere in the lead-up to kickoff.
Cincinnati-born recording artist Lauren Eylise will perform the National Anthem. Her EP “Life/Death/Life” is available through all music streaming services.
In the 30th minute, a special panoramic photograph of Nippert Stadium will be taken, which will later be available for purchase.
The FC Cincinnati supporters march will also return in 2019, again beginning at Mecklenburg Gardens, proceeding down University to Short Vine to Ladder 19. The unified group then proceeds together down W Charlton St. – across Jefferson – to the UC Bearcat statue between Sheakley Athletic Complex and Fifth Third Arena. From there, the mass of supporters proceeds to Champions Ave. to Corry Blvd., and into Nippert Stadium via Gate 3A in the south end of the stadium.