Like Austin FC, FC Cincinnati is a new club fashioned in this glorious expansion era of MLS.
As new clubs, both have drawn upon pent up demand and new energy to achieve strong ticket sales. In fact, in its inaugural 2019 season FC Cincy averaged third highest in season attendance among MLS clubs.
For comparison purposes, these two clubs’ trajectories are much more similar than say Austin FC and Houston Dynamo, which we previously looked at.
In the Austin FC/FC Cincinnati season ticket breakdown, we only looked at supporters and general season ticket prices. The reason: the orange and blue did not provide premium seat prices on its 2021 seat map.
Breaking down supporters seats (first red dot in chart), FC Cincy seats are $150 cheaper than the Verde ($475). It’s also an anomaly compared to other new expansion clubs Inter Miami CF & Nashville SC ($425 in 2020).
Most important though is the difference in median ticket prices (yellow dot in chart). The median is simply taking all price points, ordering them from lowest to highest and finding the middle price.
Overall, FC Cincinnati has more season tickets at lower price points ($300s-$400s), whereas Austin FC tickets quickly jump into the $600s after the supporter seat price, leading to a higher median.
There’s an asterisk to this comparison though.
In 2021, Cincy will open its new soccer-specific, 26,000-seat West End stadium, which could lead the club to raise those price points.
Chart notes: the lowest price (first red dot) are supporters seats and the highest price (second red dot) are the most expensive general seats. Regarding stadium capacity, FC Cincy will open a new stadium in 2021 which may affect future ticket prices.
Want more season ticket price comparisons? Check out our Houston Dynamo vs. Austin FC season ticket comparison story.
Let us know in the comments which other MLS clubs we should include in a 2021 comparison chart.