Historic Nippert Stadium has a long history in Cincinnati, well before FC Cincinnati started calling the venerable facility home in 2016.
Tucked into the heart of the University of Cincinnati, Nippert Stadium has helped FCC foster one of the best homefield advantages in all of North American soccer, averaging 25,000-plus fans a game.
Nippert Stadium is one of the oldest sporting facilities in America, dating back to 1901. Through a series of expansions and renovations – most recently in 2015 with the construction of the West Pavilion – the stadium creates a unique and embracing game day experience for fans.
Through numerous renovations, the structure situated in the middle of the Clifton campus has retained its early-century brickwork, wrought iron gates and trim, giving Nippert Stadium comfortable old-time stadium charm and appeal, while remaining a classic showplace for soccer as every seat in the stadium offers a direct line of site to the field.
Nippert has also served as a venue for concerts by Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, Janet Jackson, KT Tunstall, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Roots, the Cincinnati Opera Company and many more.
Two US Presidents have spoken at the stadium. On Oct. 16, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt, running for a second term, appeared at Nippert Stadium and spoke from an open car in the rain to a crowd estimated at 15,000 and on Nov. 2, 2008, President Barack Obama held a campaign rally at Nippert two days before the 2008 Presidential Election to an estimated 27,000 attendees.