As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

“It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done in my job,” said Cranley.

The Cincinnati FC stadium features a sloping roof, covered grandstands and state-of-the-art outdoor LED lighting, largely designed by Jonathan Mallie of Populous architects, a prominent member of the team that designed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Mr. Berding, the club’s president, led the team’s response to concerns about gentrification, economic opportunity, displaced homeowners and businesses, traffic and other issues in the West End, where more than 6,000 people live, 80 percent of whom are in rental homes.

The new stadium fits perfectly on 15.5 acres of land that was mostly inhabited by Stargel Stadium, a high school soccer stadium for the Cincinnati Public Schools. Cincinnati FC agreed to replace the old facility with a $ 10 million stadium that opened across the street last year.

The team’s owners are planning further construction work, including three projects adjacent to the stadium that will encompass 575,000 square feet for residential, office, retail and entertainment.

“Cincinnati FC has definitely done the job through its community service, bringing in $ 100,000 a year in youth football programs and grants,” said Alexis Kidd-Zaffer, executive director of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, a nonprofit and development group. “Transformations like stadiums, highways, and developments in the name of progress often come at the expense of underserved black communities in our country.”

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