TQL Stadium, formerly known as West End Stadium during construction, is a soccer-specific stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is home to FC Cincinnati, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team that had been temporarily playing at Nippert Stadium. The stadium cost about $250 million to construct and holds approximately 26,000 spectators. It officially opened on May 16th, 2021.

The stadium was proposed in 2016 as part of the team’s bid for an MLS expansion franchise. A shortlist of three sites was announced in May 2017 and the West End site was chosen and approved in April through a land swap deal with Cincinnati Public Schools. On May 29th, 2018, MLS announced that Cincinnati had won an expansion team to begin play in 2019 at Nippert Stadium.

Total Quality Logistics (TQL) bought the naming rights to the stadium, which is now known as TQL Stadium. The naming rights partnership includes signs inside and outside the stadium, a branded bar area and branded seating area.

FC Cincinnati TQL Stadium
Cincinnati Airport

How to Get to Cincinnati

The nearest international airport is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) which is 13 miles from the TQL Stadium. There are limited direct flight options from London, with a flight time of 8-9 hours. Alternatively, you could select a flight with a layover and use Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (LUK) which is only 5 miles from the stadium.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from Cincinnati, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

The following bus lines stop near TQL Stadium: 20, 21, 46, 6, 78, M+1. Some of the closest bus stations are: Central Pkwy & 15th St (1 min walk), Elm & 15th (3 min walk), Liberty St & Central Parkway (4 min walk), and Ezzard Charles Dr & John St (5 min walk). The Cincinnati Bell Connector (tram) has over ten stops within a 10-minute walk to TQL Stadium. You could also use apps such as Moovit to get directions using public transportation.

Rideshare services have designated drop off zones at Ezzard Charles Drive, Central Avenue, and West 14th Street.

Cincinnati Transit Map

Staying in Cincinnati

TQL Stadium is in the West End neighbourhood of Cincinnati, northwest of downtown, east of Queensgate, west of Over-the-Rhine, and southeast of Fairview.

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels within a mile of the TQL Stadium including Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati.

Downtown Cincinnati is the central business district of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a bustling urban area with a compact core that is best explored on foot. The area is home to variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Downtown Cincinnati also has many historic buildings, gardens, parks, museums, and recreational facilities.

FC Cincinnati Tickets

The FC Cincinnati sell their tickets via SeatGeek.

The official ticketing partner for the MLS is Ticketmaster.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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