We wanted to provide fans, supporters or first-timers a basic guide on what to expect in the area around the West End and Over the Rhine on 2021 match days. It will take time for the club, its fans and the community to form a partnership similar to what we experienced in Clifton. Please send us any tips you have about your match day experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTER GROUPS PRE-MATCH PARTIES
We encourage all fans to get down to the West End/OTR early and enjoy themselves at the areas many restaurants and pubs. Many Supporter Groups hang out in the Findlay Market area where you can join in the march to TQL Stadium. Some of these locations can be rowdier than others, but families and opposing fans are encouraged to come out and join the various groups.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some locations may have reduced capacity.
Rhinehaus OTR: (Official Pub Sponsor of CST)– 119 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Briogaid: Taft’s Ale House (Nellie’s Tap Room) – 1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Die Innenstadt: Samuel Adams Taproom – 1727 Logan St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hangar 937: Samuel Adams Taproom – 1727 Logan St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Los Caballeros: La Ofrenda Tequila – 30 Findlay St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Pride: Northern Row Brewery & Distillery – 111 W. McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Queen City Firm: Queen City Radio – 222 W 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Queen City Mafia: The Pitch – 1430 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45202
– Norden Supporters Group does not have a pre-match option at this point
The less than 1-mile long march begins approximately 90 MINUTES BEFORE KICKOFF* at Northern Row Brewery & Distillery. All fans are encouraged to join the march as supporters reach the Findlay Market area at Pleasant Street. Joining here makes the march considerably shorter if you are apprehensive to join at Northern Row.
Fans can also join at the northwest corner of Washington Park where the SGs will host their ‘corteo’. They will then proceed down 14th Street and into TQL Stadium. This march into the stadium is not exclusive to supporter groups and their members, so we encourage any and all fans to join! See the map of the march below and follow The Incline Collective at @InclineCincy.
*subject to change
To get everyone ready for this Sunday’s @fccincinnati home opener, we’re officially unveiling our new “March to the West End Stadium” map!
— The Incline Collective (@inclinecincy) May 11, 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are also some additional provisions we are asking people on the March to follow:
Please wear your mask on the March. Although many of us have been vaccinated, the March is still a crowded activity for which the latest CDC guidelines still recommends public mask wearing.
Do your best to keep at least 3’-6’ of distance between yourself and other people not in your immediate group.
This move is new for everyone. Please check out this piece on how we all need to give our move into TQL Stadium some additional time and patience. There will be new ways to engage supporters. Some will fail and some will be successful. The stadium is also not complete and the experience could change later into the season. Please help work to make this experience as easy as possible.
We also must be good partners to the West End and Over the Rhine communities. As the Incline Collective put it, “Over the Rhine and the West End are neighborhoods where people make their homes. We are their guests on match day. Treat the places we march better than you would want your neighborhoods treated by others (be respectful, don’t litter, etc.).”
Check out the FC Cincinnati website for a list of prepaid parking lots and drop off locations. Match day prepaid parking will be available at a later date. You can also travel to TQL Stadium via the Streetcar. Stops 7 thru 15 should put you in close proximity to pre-match bars with Stop 9 (14th & Elm) dropping you near Music Hall and TQL Stadium. Check out the Cincinnati Bell Connector route for more information.
PSA: to those looking for Parking this Sunday’s @fccincinnati match, Downtown has tens of thousands of spaces, just park near a Streetcar stop and hop on for FREE and stop off in OTR near your pregame haunt. Plan ahead! https://t.co/om2LYvfKLt
— CincyBlog (@cincyblog) May 12, 2021
Kim Roller: The northern most stop is around the corner from Northern Row so people choosing to park downtown can get to Northern Row with less than a blocks walk.
***This story will be updated with tips to enjoy your experience and more at a later date. For the latest information about the stadium, check out our interview with FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding.