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Cincinnati Surpasses 20,000 Tickets Sold for Battery Clash

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 09/29/16, 12:49PM EDT


Expansion side set to break USL single-game postseason attendance record

Photo courtesy FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – The game is still three days away, but FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding revealed on Thursday morning to SiriusXM FC’s United States of Soccer that the club’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Charleston Battery at Nippert Stadium has surpassed 20,000 tickets sold, putting it on the verge of a USL postseason attendance record.

Orlando City SC holds the USL postseason attendance record, which was set at the 2013 USL Championship Game when 20,886 fans packed into the Florida Citrus Bowl to see the Lions take a 7-4 victory against the Charlotte Eagles. That attendance also stood as the USL all-time attendance record prior to this season, when Cincinnati surpassed it with its crowd of 23,375 on May 14 against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Cincinnati went on to raise the bar even higher in its home finale against Orlando City B on September 17, when the crowd of 24,376 brought the club’s regular season total to a USL-record 259,437. Berding told United States of Soccer host Jason Davis that the club expected close to 30,000 fans for Sunday afternoon’s game.

The news comes a day after the USL announced the league as a whole had seen a 33 percent rise in total attendance from a season ago, with the league’s 29 teams welcoming almost 1.5 million fans over the course of the regular season. Each of the top three teams in attendance this season – Cincinnati, Sacramento and Louisville – will play host to postseason action this weekend, as the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs kick off on Friday night. 

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