An FC Cincinnati match is one of the most exciting sports to watch in Cincinnati.
There is such great energy from the crowd and you don’t have to be a big soccer fan to have a great time at an MLS ( Major League Soccer) match.
I’m sharing more about what you need to know before you attend an FC Cincinnati Match at TQL Stadium.
How Early Should You Arrive Before the Match Starts?
I would recommend getting downtown several hours before the match starts so that you have plenty of time to find parking & grab a bite to eat.
Keep in mind that restaurants & bars are extra busy on match days.
Places to Eat Near the FC Stadium (TQL Stadium)
If you are looking for a family-friendly spot to grab a meal on the go before the match, try CityBird Tenders on 1344 Vine St and carry your meal to Washington Park.
This is a quick-service restaurant and there isn’t much seating in the small space. Save time in line by ordering ahead online.
I LOVE their lemon thyme ranch sauce for fries & their chicken tenders made without antibiotics. Their lemonade & tea are so good and worth the extra money.
Other Great Places to Eat Near TQL Stadium
You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on Vine St.
- The Eagle -1342 Vine St., Cincinnati
- Taste of Belgium OTR – 1135 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH
- Senate OTR – 1212 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH
- Bakersfield – 1213 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH
Breweries and Places to Grab a Drink Near TQL Stadium
- Off Track Brewing– 227 Stark St, Cincinnati
- Northern Row Brewing and Distillery – 111 W McMicken Ave, Cincinnati
- Rhinegeist Brewery – 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati
- The Pitch – 1430 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati
- Queen City Radio – 222 W 12th St, Cincinnati
- Sam Adams Taproom– 1727 Logan St, Cincinnati
Join the Pre-Match at the Park at Washington Park
1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH
Washington Park has a lot of family-friendly activities several hours before each FC Cincinnati match.
Food trucks are parked on Elm Street and The Porch at the park is open serving beer, wine, hard seltzer, and drink specials.
Attend the Pre-Match Parade
The pre-match parade starts Northern Row Brewery & Distillery 90 minutes before kickoff and joins fans at Findlay Market on Pleasant Street.
1 hour before the match starts you can join up with the parade at Washington Park and walk with other fans to the stadium together.
It’s a short walk from Washington Park to the TQL Stadium and it’s a really cool experience that helps get you hyped for the match.
The crowd gathers together for a pep talk and final cheer before entering the stadium.
What Can You Bring Into the TQL Stadium for an FC Cincinnati Match
You can bring the following types of bags into the stadium
- Clear bags 12″ X 6″ X 12″
- Small clutch/ bag 4.5″ X 6.5″
- 1 Gallon Clear Freezer Bag
Parking for an FC Cincinnati Game
Parking is tricky on match day. We ended up at the 3CDC parking garage off of Central attached to the downtown Kroger On the Rhine. Parking was easy to find in the garage but we waited a long time to get out of the garage after the game.
Make sure that you take a picture of your parking garage level and any other numbers that help you find it quickly when you return to the garage.
Parking Garages For an FC Cincinnati Match
- East Garage – Located off Central Parkway on the East side of TQL Stadium
- West Surface Lot -Entrance is located off John Street on the SW side of TQL Stadium
- West End Garage -1530 John Street, Cincinnati, OH
- Ada Parking at Town Center Garage
- Town Center Garage – 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Mercer Commons Garage -5 Mercer St, Cincinnati, OH
- Parkhaus – 1123 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH
- 84.51 Degree Garage -521 Race St, Cincinnati, OH
- 222 West 7th Street Garage
- 1 West 7th Street Garage
If you can find a small paid lot you can probably get out quicker.
Or just take your time and grab a drink or snack at a restaurant, or relax at Washington Park afterward. Washington Park is really beautiful at night with colorful fountains and string lights hanging from the gazebo.
Concession at the FC Cincinnati Game at TQL Stadium
If you skip the parade you can check out all the concession options before the lines get long. The stadium is cash-free to help reduce time in line.
TQL Stadium has 14 concession stands, 2 grab-and-go markets, and 25 portable carts located throughout.
Packaged and draft beer will be available on the concourse at the Heineken Supporters Bar, Coors Light Bar, and Rhinegeist bar.
For a fast concession option during the half, go to the Platform Market. We grabbed drinks & popcorn and were back to our seats before the second half started.
We didn’t want to risk missing a goal in a concession line during the game.
The Bailey Section is Also Fun to Watch During the Match
This super fan section isn’t for the faint of heart. They have endurance and stamina with ample lung capacity, colorful smoke bombs, flags, and constant cheers the whole entire match.
Also, be prepared to stand the whole match if you choose to sit in this section.
Why Do They Wear Scarves at FC Cincinnati?
The scarves have a dual purpose. In the colder months, they are used for their obvious purpose to keep you warm. Fans also hold their scarves up to welcome their team to “the pitch,” AKA playing surface.
The Match Could End in a Tie
This is something that may seem odd if you are newer to watching Major League Soccer.
Even if you aren’t a big sports fan, an FC Cincinnati match is an experience worth adding to your list!
How to Purchase FC Cincinnati Tickets
Where is the TQL Stadium Located?
The TQL Stadium is located at 1501 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH.