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FC Cincinnati Mercy Health Training Center

Milford, OH
Sport(s) Played
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Field Installation
Field Construction Management
Maintenance & Repairs

In May 2018, Major League Soccer (MLS), named FC Cincinnati (FCC) as the latest expansion team to join the league. FCC’s move to the majors included construction of a showcase training facility and youth academy.

Bringing The Motz Group on board, with their tremendous experience and being in our backyard, was a natural fit. We’re so pleased they are part of these truly generational projects we’ve undertaken.

Jeff Berding, President & General Manager

The Situation

Desiring natural grass and synthetic turf playing surfaces at their new grounds that would meet international standards for safety and performance, the club turned to the field experts at The Motz Group.

The Play

During the planning phase, Motz worked in a design-assist role to support the project architect and civil engineer in developing field layouts, drainage and irrigation plans, netting and fencing systems, and curbing/adjacent hard surfaces. Dubbed the Mercy Health Training Facility, the venue includes a full size SportGrass™ synthetic turf field and 250,000ft2 of Eclipse stabilized ryegrass. About 150,000ft2 of the Eclipse was farm produced and installed as mature sod and the remainder was grown-in on site. All field construction was handled by Motz and play began as scheduled in the spring of 2019.

The Win

    Eclipse allowed for immediate playability upon installation for FC Cincinnati to prepare for their season. Due to the flexibility of the system, worn out areas are able to be replaced rapidly and continue with activity.
    Based in Cincinnati, MHTC’s surface has to be prepared for Midwest weather conditions. Eclipse is an equally suited grass for warm and cool seasons, making it perfect for year-round play.
    The Eclipse system can be established in the venue or on a sod farm and can also be matched to the venue’s rootzone.

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