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Matchday Guide: FC Cincinnati vs St. Louis City SC - Salute to Service

May 17, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
FC Cincinnati News Release


FC Cincinnati stay at home to host St. Louis CITY SC for the first time ever on Saturday, May 18. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at TQL Stadium.

Saturday is Salute to Service, presented by Gillette. FC Cincinnati will honor and recognize all service members and will partner with many impactful organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region to support and honor all those who serve our country.

Take a look at what to know ahead of Saturday night's match at TQL Stadium.

GATES OPEN

With kickoff set for 7:30 p.m., gates to TQL Stadium open at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

SALUTE TO SERVICE

Fans attending Saturday night can expect to see many ways pre-game and in-game in which FC Cincinnati recognize and honor service members. There will be many on-field activations leading up to kickoff and throughout the match to honor service, including pre-match with a large American flag unfurled for the National Anthem, all branches of the military recognized and more.

American flags will be passed out at Washington Park and the Fan Stand across the Guest Experience Center by section E6. Active and retired military (must show ID) receive a 10 percent discount on all merchandise purchased in-stadium, which will have a variety of camo items.

NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM EXCLUSIVE OFFER

This summer, FC Cincinnati invites you to come learn what service and sacrifice is all about at the nation's only museum dedicated to all our Veterans.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, in Columbus, offers all Salute to Service match attendees an exclusive offer. From May 18 - September 1, visit the NVMM for just $10/ticket. Veterans and Active Duty are always free. Use Promo code FCCINCI. For more information, visit nationalvmm.org/visit.

FC CINCINNATI PRE-MATCH AT THE PARK PRESENTED BY PROLINK

Join FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park presented by Prolink at Washington Park. Fans of all ages can head over to Washington Park from 4-6:30 p.m.

At the coloring station, fans can write a letter to a soldier thanking them for their service. American flags will be available at the FC Cincinnati Marketing Table. In addition, there will be representation from the Air Force, Space Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio Military Reserve. Fans can also check out tabling from organizations such as the Tri-State Warbirds Museum, Irreverent Warriors, DAV and Honor Flight.

The pre-match party gets started with plenty of free, family-friendly fan experiences including food trucks, drinks and activities including:

- Live Music From The Hangovers

- FC Cincinnati Foundation Cleat Drive Collection Bins

- Orange and Blue Go - FC Cincinnati's New Merchandise Truck

- Face Paint & Balloon Art

- FCC Inflatables

- Games and Activities Including Snookerball and a Dual Inflatable Slide

- FC Cincinnati Marketing Table

- Sponsorship Tables from El Rancho Grande, Tri-State Chevy and GeneSight

At 6:25 p.m., fans can join the high-energy march into the stadium as it arrives at Washington Park with smoke, drums and chants. In order to accommodate the size of the march, the inflatable slide, Snookerball and the airbrush and balloon artist will close down starting at 6:15 p.m.

Mikaylah Rose will be performing pre-match on the Carl and Martha Lindner Plaza.

PRE-MATCH PARTY AT RHINEGEIST

All fans are encouraged to head to the Pre-Match Party at Rhinegeist Brewery (1910 Elm St.) in Over-The-Rhine. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to join the fun in the fun with special activations and giveaways at Rhinegeist.

SUPPORT THE FC CINCINNATI FOUNDATION CLEAT DRIVE

To benefit the FC Cincinnati Foundation's Cleat Drive, fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used cleats to donate at collection bins located at the Washington Park Pre-Match at the Park from 4 - 6:30 p.m.

FC Cincinnati Foundation's soccer programs reach thousands of local kids each year and the cleat drive help the foundation outfit as many children as possible and improve the lives of children through soccer.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

For an A-to-Z stadium guide, parking information, a stadium map, road closures, bag policy, concessions information and more, visit FCCincinnati.com/Matchday.

Visit here for an interactive map of TQL Stadium.

INSIDE & OUTSIDE TQL STADIUM

Fans will want to be in their seats early for special pre-match presentations throughout the stadium and on the field prior to kickoff.

The Bailey is general admission, safe standing only. Singing, drums, flags, and smoke are expected during the match. No opposing team fans or colors allowed.

Read below for more information regarding parking options, the stadium's updated clear bag policy, NFC Ticketing and Wi-Fi:

Parking Options - Plan ahead for matchday with our Parking Information.

Bag Policy - TQL Stadium has updated its Clear Bag Policy. Learn more about our TQL Stadium Bag Policy.

NFC Ticketing - In addition to mobile ticketing, FC Cincinnati and SeatGeek will be utilizing NFC Ticketing (Near Field Communication) at all stadium gates and entrances. Fans can add their ticket to Apple Wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch and simply tap their device at the reader at the gate to enter the stadium. Learn more with our Mobile Ticketing Information.

In-Stadium Wi-Fi - Fans will be able to connect to the free in-stadium Wi-Fi courtesy the club's official IT partner and service provider, Atomic Data.

FC CINCINNATI MERCHANDISE

Fans can visit the TQL Stadium Team Store when gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday. The FC Cincinnati Team Store at 1433 Vine Street in Over The Rhine will also operate on normal hours Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fans can purchase all their favorite Orange and Blue merchandise including the new Canvas Kit at either team store or at various other FCC Merchandise stands. Fans can also look for the club's new merchandise truck - Orange and Blue Go - pre-match at Washington Park and around the region on non-game days for every fan's FC Cincinnati merchandise needs.

Fans can also purchase merchandise items online at FCCGo.com and can pick up in-store.

FC CINCINNATI 50/50 RAFFLE

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, fans in Ohio can purchase 50/50 Raffle Tickets to support the FC Cincinnati Foundation. All tickets can be purchased online at FCCincinnati5050.com or on the official FC Cincinnati app.

The 50/50 Raffle will be benefitting the FC Cincinnati Foundation and help fund its key programs: Soccer Unites, Mini Soccer Pitch Builds, West End Pride, and Learning Is Cool as the Foundation works to improve the lives of children in our region through soccer.

Raffle Tickets are one for $10, 10 for $20, 50 for $50 and 200 for $100. No tickets are purchased in-person or with cash, and the raffle closes at the 75th minute of Saturday's game. The winning ticket will be announced post-match at FCCincinnati5050.com and on FCCF social media channels.

NEW 2024 FOOD AND BEVERAGE ITEMS

A look at the complete list of new 2024 TQL Stadium food and beverage partners:

Christian Moerlein Brewing - Craft Beer Partner (concourse grab & go near section 123)

Renowned for brewing beers that are effortlessly enjoyable, Christian Moerlein beers are brewed true to German standards, setting the drinker up for an experience that combines history, craftsmanship and exceptional flavor in every pour.

El Rancho Grande - Official Mexican Restaurant (concourse Concession Stand near section 131)

El Rancho Grande is a family owned and run business, with a menu offering an array of traditional Mexican specialties utilizing only the freshest ingredients.

Olipop - Official Prebiotic Drink (available for purchase in-stadium)

Olipop was formulated by CEO Ben Goodwin and a team of leading scientists to capture classic flavors, while providing the benefits of plant-based fiber, prebiotics and other botanical ingredients to support digestive health.

bibigo - Korean Food Products (concourse concession stand near section 104)

bibigo products take 5,000 years of delicious cuisine and update it for today's modern, non-stop lifestyles. The brand lineup includes a full assortment of snacks and appetizers, including Mandu, the brand's signature item.

Hornitos - Official Tequila (portable Margarita Bar located near section 105 and in First Financial Club)

Founded in Jalisco, Mexico in 1950, Hornitos tequila has a long and proud history of taking chances and forging new paths. With every shot of Hornitos Tequila, we toast to the spirit of taking chances and making bold moves. Come down to section 105 and enjoy one of Hornitos specialty margaritas at TQL Stadium.

Dark Horse Wine - Official Wine (available for purchase in-stadium)

Dark Horse is a true winemaker's wine, compelled and founded on a singular mission: to deliver the distinction and opulence of a high-end wine at a price that our friends could actually afford.

Visit HERE for more information regarding all the new food, beverage and fashion offered at TQL Stadium in 2024.


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