Making sure its first-ever home MLS game is a festive one, special activities and events are planned when FC Cincinnati hosts MLS Cup finalists Portland Timbers at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, March 17.
For starters, more than 25,000 free Mercy Health jersey towels will be handed out to fans at the entry gates to Nippert Stadium while supplies last. The towels are designed to replicate FCC’s inaugural primary kit.
A ceremonial FCC flag will be raised above the south end of Nippert Stadium prior to the game. The flag will fly above the stadium every game this season. During the flag raising fans will be signaled to raise their Mercy Health jersey towels for a commemorative photo.
An American flag will be delivered onto the field by Team FastTrax, the professional skydiving tam.
Rozzi Famous Fireworks will present expanded pregame firework and pyrotechnic elements beginning with the March 17 home opener and at each home game in 2019.
Several new activities will also be available to fans pregame on Sheakley Lawn, which can only be accessed through the Gate 2 entrances off of Corry Boulevard.
The new Striker Challenge will be set up for young fans to test their skills. Kids can accumulate points at each match, and the season-long standings will be posted on the Stadium video board during halftime of every game.
Also, on March 17 in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the McGing Irish Dancers will be performing for fans, demonstrating traditional Irish Step Dancing.