FC Cincinnati Foundation, FCC Open Lincoln Recreation Center Mini-Pitch
CINCINNATI - The FC Cincinnati Foundation and FC Cincinnati formally opened a brand-new mini soccer pitch - donated by the club and owner Carl H. Lindner III and his wife, Martha - as well local philanthropist Edward Neyra at the Lincoln Recreation Center today.
The Lindners, FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding, Cincinnati Recreation Commission Director of Recreation Daniel Betts, members of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and members of FC Cincinnati's administration were on hand at the event. The opening of the mini pitch marks the first in a series of 10 mini pitches planned by the club and the FC Cincinnati Foundation to be opened around the city in the next five years.
Following the formal program, which included remarks from Berding, Martha Lindner and Betts, the podium was cleared and the pitch was officially unveiled for recreational use. Children from the West End neighborhood took to the soccer equipment-adorned mini pitch in their first chance to utilize the new facility.
On the pitch, the children had the opportunity to meet, talk and play alongside FCC players Nazmi Albadawi and Alvas Powell, as well as FC Cincinnati Club Ambassador Omar Cummings and club mascot Gary.
FC Cincinnati will make their home debut as an MLS team at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, March 17, when the team hosts MLS Cup finalists Portland Timbers at 5 p.m. The match will be televised nationally live on FS1, streamed on FOX Sports GO and carried on the radio on WDJO. Season tickets, mini plans and individual-game tickets are on sale at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).
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