Cincinnati, OH - Ohio soccer fans have a reason to celebrate with the launch of the new FC Cincinnati franchise. The team is gearing up for the 2019 MLS season as construction nears completion on their new practice facility in nearby Milford.
The $30-million training facility is expected to include three full-size lighted soccer fields, a goalkeeper-specific training area, and a 6,500-square-foot FCC Academy. The venue will host several soccer-related events annually, from scrimmages to FCC Academy games to local soccer tournaments.
Preparing the natural turf fields for next year’s practices meant investing in a high-quality turf cover, designed to speed up seed germination and promote deep root development. The Motz Group, a Cincinnati-based contractor specializing in sports fields, has worked with Covermaster on past projects and opted this time for Evergreen Premium turf blankets. About 150,000 square feet of high-quality winter growth blankets will help shield the playing surface from sudden temperature drops, frost, and other adverse growing conditions.
Evergreen turf covers use a greenhouse effect to draw in heat and increase ground temperatures, resulting in earlier spring green-ups and a longer growing season. Customers relying on growth blankets have noticed a thicker, healthier, and more vibrantly-colored turf on their fields.
In addition to the practice facility, a new 21,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium is slated to open in Cincinnati’s west end in 2021. Until then, Nippert Stadium, an outdoor field located on the University of Cincinnati campus, is home to the expansion team.
Posted December 11, 2018