Commissioners, City Council approve measures to move FC Cincinnati stadium forward
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As Cincinnati is named as one of four finalists by Major League Soccer for an expansion team, Hamilton County Commissioners and Cincinnati City Council are doing what they can to help secure the bid.
The commissioners voted to approve the plan for a $15 million parking garage that will go near the stadium in Oakley. Commissioner Todd Portune said it's time for the community to come together and demonstrate to MLS what we want the franchise.
FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding thanked the commissioners for their vote. The team announced it will finance 100% of a new soccer stadium.
Cincinnati City Council also voted on Mayor John Cranley's proposal Wednesday. His plan calls for $37 million to build up the infrastructure to support a stadium. That measure is expected to pass. Council's Budget Committee voted to pass the measure on Tuesday,
MLS will announce its expansion teams later this year. FC Cincinnati is opting to tell the league's expansion committee is that they can move forward with a soccer stadium.
Cincinnati is competing against Nashville, Detroit, and Sacramento for an expansion team.