FC Cincinnati putting in new turf for final 2 seasons at Nippert Stadium
3 September 2018
FC Cincinnati fans love Nipper Stadium, but the facility needs to be brought up to MLS standards in several key areas ahead of the team joining the league in 2019.
The biggest change that fans will see is new stadium turf, which will make it easier to shift between FC Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati events, said Jeff Berding, the team's president and general manager, who outlined the changes in a recent 90-minute conversation.
Right now, the turf is comprised of six total pieces with removable end zones sections for football. The seams between the end zone and main field sections are visible and bumpy.
The new playing surface, which FC Cincinnati is giving to UC, will be a single piece of turf. The end zones and soccer/football lines will be applied with temporary paint.
Other improvements at Nippert will be behind the scenes, For instance, the visiting team locker room will be moved to FC Cincinnati's current team room under The Bailey section in the north end of the stadium.
FC Cincinnati is scheduled to move into its new stadium in the West End in 2021.