As soon as Cincinnati FC Fans have the opportunity to fill the TQL stadium to the brim. Only about 6,000 season ticket holders will be present for the stadium’s opening game on Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET | FOX, FOX Deportes) Inter Miami CF.But when full capacity becomes feasible, 26,000 people will fill the third largest and perhaps most magnificent football-specific stadium in the league. It won’t be surprising.
In 2018, the club had an average of 25,717 fans per game. In 2018 the club was still playing in the USL. When Cincinnati joined MLS in 2019, the average attendance was slightly higher. 27,336 regularly attended games in the Nippert Stadium, their old territory. The surge in attendance continued a trend from the first USL season in 2016, when just over 17,000 spectators came through the goals in each game. After that, the numbers increased every year.
They own almost every single USL ticket record you can think of. They regularly pulled out MLS teams, which is amazing considering they played at a lower level of football. And then they made the jump to MLS and, despite a painful first season on the pitch, attracted even more fans. The team stayed at the foot of the overall standings again in 2020 and yet the fan base is still growing to go to their new stadium.