Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I think the only way soccer works is if you have a specifically designed stadium that packs 18-25K into a facility for that "sold out" environment v. the same number in an NFL stadium where the atmosphere is deadened by the masses of empty seats. I went to a DC United game at RFK a long time ago, and the environment was just crap for that reason.
That's why this is all really a pipe dream, though -- there's absolutely no way that Cincinnati is ever going to publicly finance another a sports facility after the debacle with Paul Brown Stadium. It's just fun to imagine a soccer-specific facility in town -- maybe down in the West End -- with rivalry games against Columbus every year.
Very true. I think the MLS learned from early mistakes too. New England plays at Gillette and I've heard the atmosphere is terrible. DC has been pushing for a soccer specific stadium for years. Even in Seattle, where they get 30, 000 a game, tarps are put over large parts pf the seating to keep fans concentrated in the lower part of the stadium. That's another reason why MLS requires new teams to have plans for a soccer stadium in any expansion bid.