Hockey. Punk Rock .Stadiums. Architecture. Food. Booze. Programming. Design. One half of the 'Up The Pucks' podcast. I write about stadiums here in Cincinnati and the rest of Ohio for StadiumJourney.com. Also write occasionally about the Columbus Blue Jackets. http://about.me/bgee
The Saints move to OTR!
After much deliberation, we have decided it was time to bring professional soccer to downtown Cincinnati. We realized if we wanted to create a true professional atmosphere we would have to be downtown. Where we are walking distance from parks, restaurants, bars & residential living. Soccer has been in the suburbs for too long. Its time to give Cincinnati’s Soccer fans, what Baseball & Football fans have with the Reds & Bengals. We realize we will not be on par with the Reds & Bengals, but this is the first of many steps that will come this summer.
"The location of this field could not be more perfect! Its 2 blocks from Music Hall, newly built Washington park, all the amazing restaurants, Bars & Breweries in OTR. Parking is not a concern as there are two parking garages less than two blocks away (Washington Park & CET Building). This move had to be done if we were going to continue to grow our fanbase as we were missing out on a large soccer market segment, being the young professionals & all the families in the suburbs that were not centrally located to Northern Cincinnati." - CEO David Satterwhite
One of the concerns that a lot of our fans brought up was safety in OTR at night matches. “Safety of our fans is something we take very seriously as without our fans we would cease to exist. I actually have been looking at moving down to this field for two years now. The completion of Washington park and the overwhelming success of the restaurants down in OTR, really helped make my decision to move. The amount of work that 3CDC has done to revitalize that area is simply amazing. I go down to Washington Park all the time in the summer with my young daughter & wife. The Fountain, Playground, the festivals, & food trucks really make it a great place to take your family. Finally if that doesn’t ease our fans minds, the District 1 people station is literally right next to the field!” - CEO David Satterwhite
The lone downside, we will not be able to sell alcohol inside the stadium, but I will hint that we are currently working with some groups to increase the fan experience outside of the stadium, before the matches!” - CEO David Satterwhite
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