Cincinnati will take the center stage(s) in U.S. Sports over the Next Year

This is the summer (and fall) of sports in Cincinnati, with this week’s announcement of FC Cincinnati moving to the big leagues just the start of the sports boom that will command a national stage in the coming months. 

FC Cincinnati to MLS in 2019

FCCincinnati.png

Let’s start with the confirmation this week that FCC would, indeed, be part of Major League Soccer in 2019, a three-year rise from plans on paper to a major league franchise. As MLS Commissioner said at the pep rally-announcement Tuesday at Rhinegeist, “You had us at hello.” It was always the plan for FCC to move up the ladder, but perhaps only the team’s brain trust saw it happening this quickly. 

Will Cincinnati host 2026 World Cup? Find out on June 13

FC Cincinnati and General Manager Jeff Berding also was instrumental in helping put together Cincinnati’s bid to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It’s part of a three-nation package, involving Canada, Mexico and the U.S., with the bid facing a challenge from Morocco to be the World Cup hosts eight years from now. We’ll find out June 13 if the United Bid is the winning one. 

Davis Cup Tennis Finals to Cincinnati in November?

Speaking of bids, Cincinnati also has been invited to submit a proposal to be the host for tennis’ Davis Cup finals in November (If the United States team defeats Croatia in September). That could bring in thousands of tennis fans to the city during Thanksgiving weekend and give a huge tourism boost to the area over the holidays. 

All-inclusion options available at the Western & Southern Open in August

Tennis already is a big draw in our area and is expected to be even more so this summer with the opening of the new South Building at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. The 40,000 square foot, 104-foot tower is between Center Court and Grandstand Courts, and includes the first-ever indoor box seats as well as an all-inclusive food and beverage ticket. Visit their website to learn more about the all-inclusive option.

New Fifth Third Arena at UC opens this fall

Construction also is wrapping up on the $87 million in upgrades to the new Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. With a new look arena, premium seating and other high-end amenities, this facility is sure to be as much of a draw this basketball season as the Bearcats. See the vision for the facility at their website.

New Coach Takes over Xavier’s Men’s Basketball Program

The arena isn’t new at Xavier University, but the sideline will be this fall as new Xavier men’s basketball coach Travis Steele takes over as the 18thhead coach in program history. He’s not new to the program, having spent 10 years on campus, but it’s his first college head coaching job. 

Flying Pig Marathon Should Crack Top 10 Largest U.S. Road Races after this year’s record field

MEA-Flying-Pig-Gallery-2016-033-1.jpg

The 20thanniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G saw a record number of participants, well over 43,000 for the weekend of events. That number is expected to push the Flying Pig into the top 10 largest running festivals in the U.S. 

The Road to the LPGA returns to Cincinnati later this month

If you’re into golf, professional golf returns to Greater Cincinnati this summer with the Prasco Charity Championship, June 29-July 1 at TPC River’s Bend. It’s an inaugural event on the Symetra Tour, the “Road to the LPGA” developmental tour.

Happy 150thAnniversary to the Cincinnati Reds…next season

And finally, next season marks the SesquicentennialAnniversary of the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team.  Expect big celebrations from the Reds as the Castellini family knows how to celebrate baseball in Cincinnati!

Lots to celebrate as Cincinnati becomes the center of sports well into the next year. 

Alex ReillyPROFILES