When it comes to sports, Cincinnati has long been known for its rich traditions in baseball and football. However, in recent years, there has been a surge of passion for a different kind of football—the kind played with “feet” kicking a round ball on a pitch. Soccer, or Fútbol as it’s known around the world, has taken hold in the Queen City. Our local club, FC Cincinnati, is captivating fans and transforming the sporting landscape. Soccer has the power to transcend barriers, bringing people together regardless of their backgrounds. It fosters connections and creates lasting bonds. I mean, just watch Ted Lasso: “Fútbol is Life!”
The rise of FC Cincinnati has been meteoric, with the club quickly making a name for itself both on and off the field. If fans want to immerse themselves in the action, they can join “The March to the Match”, one of the oldest and best-known traditions for FC Cincinnati. With drummers leading the way, the march begins at Northern Row Brewery and grows in size and voice as additional supporter groups join in along the route. Additional fans join in at Washington Park before the march continues into the stadium, along the inner concourse, and finally arriving at The Bailey where the stadium joins in the support. The drums, songs, chants, smoke, and cheers echo throughout the stadium, creating an atmosphere that rivals any other sporting event in the city.
The design of TQL Stadium is modern and visually striking with “500 vertical fins wrap the exterior, each one connected to a one-of-a-kind LED lighting system that produces dazzling motion sequences. The fins themselves defy stasis, shaped in such a way that creates a singular twisting motion. The overall form signifies the tension between two teams about to take the pitch. A grand plaza staircase welcomes fans to it all, an entry sequence unlike any other in the MLS.” Source: Populous
When it comes to experiencing the full intensity of an FC Cincinnati match, there’s no better place to be than in the heart of the action—the Bailey. As the dedicated supporters’ section of the stadium, the Bailey is a vibrant and spirited community that adds energy to every match. Whenever we take friends to a match, we want them to experience the Bailey with us. It’s something extraordinary.
The bailey was an essential feature of medieval castle design, playing a crucial role in the overall defensive strategy of a castle, while also serving as a secure refuge for the castle’s occupants during times of conflict. As a functional and social hub that fostered a sense of community among its inhabitants, it’s a perfect name for the area that holds the supporter groups.
Located behind the goal, the Bailey is reckoning force. Fans stand shoulder to shoulder chanting with the beating of the drums creating a wall of unwavering support. Being a part of the Bailey is not just about watching the match; it’s about actively participating. Whether it’s jumping, clapping, chanting, or waving flags, every fan in the Bailey is a part of the action. The shared camaraderie and sense of belonging creates a community that extends far beyond the confines of the stadium. The passion and dedication of these supporters have garnered attention and respect not just within the local soccer community, but also on a national scale.
This year, FC Cincinnati has been on a remarkable journey with unparalleled determination and skill. Their performance has catapulted them to the TOP OF THE TABLE! Get to know the players and suddenly you’ll be cheering in the Bailey with us. Many of the players even have their own chants made by the Bailey supporter groups. How fun is that? Some of my favorite players include: “Lucho” Acosta, Brandon Vázquez, Nick Hagglund, Álvaro Barreal, Matt Miazga, Yuya Kubo, Roman Celentano, and others. It’s always fun when they bring their families on the field after the match to thank the Bailey for their support.
So, whether you’re a die-hard futbol enthusiast or simply looking for a thrilling day out, FC Cincinnati matches offer an unbeatable combination of top-notch athleticism, passionate supporters, and an atmosphere that will leave you buzzing with excitement. Join the Orange and Blue as the team continues its record-breaking season and redefines what it means to be at the TOP OF THE TABLE! The fun is just beginning, so grab your scarf, raise your voice, and prepare for an unforgettable experience as you cheer FC Cincinnati to victory.