FC Cincinnati faces Inter Miami in a 2021 MLS regular season match on Sunday, May 16, 2021 (5/16/21) at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fans can watch the match for free via a trial of fuboTV.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Major League Soccer regular season match
Who: Cincinnati vs. Inter Miami
When: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Where: TQL Stadium
Time: 4:10 p.m. EDT
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The first of three new stadiums in Major League Soccer throws open its doors on Sunday.
FC Cincinnati will host Inter Miami at TQL Stadium, the team’s new $250 million home. The exterior of the 26,000-seat stadium is covered with LED lights that make for something of a nightly light show. Inside, there are 53 suites, most in MLS, and a massive video scoreboard.
“For 20-plus years we’ve been building the league brick by brick and stadium by stadium. Everyone sort of takes the whole idea to an entirely new level, and that’s what happens here,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said recently. “I’ve been reminded that you can’t go to every stadium and say, ‘This is the best soccer stadium in MLS, the best soccer stadium in the world,’ because after a while it becomes hyperbole, but there’s something very, very, very special here.”
At least at first, only a limited number of fans, about 30% capacity, will be allowed at games because of COVID-19 restrictions.
The new stadium includes The Bailey supporters’ section, a feature at the team’s former home, dubbed “The Bailey 2.0.”
Owner Meg Whitman praised team President Jeff Berding for doing his due diligence.
“I’ve been in business a long time, and it all starts with your consumers, your customers. We went out to customers in Cincinnati who’d been to games when we were a USL team and the first two years of being in Major League Soccer, and we said, ‘In the perfect world, what do you wish as a fan, that the stadium would have?’ And then delivered on it,” she said. “Every business I’ve ever been in charge of, or worked alongside of, when you start with customers, when you start with what your fans need, you win.”
MLS has emphasized soccer-only stadiums for years, with the idea that a team’s identity is often linked to its home, Garber said.
“What are the Yankees without Yankee Stadium? And yet when we built this league, we didn’t have that. We were tenants in other people’s homes. Fans deserve more, players deserve more,” he said.
Two other MLS stadiums are scheduled to open this season. Expansion Austin FC will debut Q2 Stadium on June 19 against San Jose after opening its inaugural season with seven straight road games.
The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew will play their first match at the $314 million New Crew Stadium on July 3.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)