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LouCity sets attendance record against rival FC Cincinnati



Support for Louisville professional soccer team continued to build Saturday night as 11,632 fans flooded Louisville Slugger Stadium to watch Louisville City FC take on rival FC Cincinnati at home, setting a club record for attendance.

I spent Saturday’s game on the field and was yet again amazed by how much LouCity fans care about their club. Throughout the entire 90 minutes, fans were on their feet, chanting and cheering their team on. On a regular game night, LouCity fans are rowdy. But bad blood between the two teams from previous meetings only fueled the crowds passion even more. The fans support never wavered the entire night; even with LouCity trailing 3-1 late in the second half, fans were on their feet encouraging LouCity through the final minutes.

The crowd – exceeding almost 2,000 more than what will fit in the club’s potential new stadium that will hold 10,000 fans when completed – and its excitement did not go unnoticed by the club.

“I want to thank our supporters, because our supporters were fantastic tonight – they really were,” said coach James O’Connor following Saturday’s loss. “The energy the supporters had was great. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic.”

Scoring a second goal in stoppage time, LouCity was unable to attempt for an equating goal on Saturday and fell to FC Cincinnati 3-2. The harshest part for the players? Not giving their record crowd the performance they thought they deserved.

“I noticed big emotion. You hear people screaming from both sides, and I know it means a lot to these people,” LouCity forward Ilija Ilic said. “I feel the most pain right now because they brought out the biggest crowd this year – biggest crowd in the history (of Louisville City FC) – and we didn’t do our job well.”


The rivalry – while only three years old  – has grown to be one of the more intense rivalries in the United Soccer League. With only 103 miles separating Louisville Slugger and Cincinnati’s home field of Nippert Stadium, fans on both sides are able to travel to either site, making the rivalry not just between the team, but between the fans.

FC Cincinnati will return to Louisville Slugger Field for a final time on August 12. Don’t miss out on another opportunity to experience all the LouCity and FC Cincinnati rivalry (and the rest of the home schedule) has to offer by purchasing your tickets here. Use promo code “KSR” for a discounted price.

Article written by Haley Simpson

I'm from Bullitt County but I'm not a 6'9 power forward with a solid outside shot. Follow me on Twitter: @haleysimpKSR

18 Comments for LouCity sets attendance record against rival FC Cincinnati

  1. jahanc2uky
    9:10 pm July 16, 2017 Permalink

    Give FC Cincy some credit… Northern KY > Loyisville!

    • Eazy
      2:03 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly, Cincinnati has more than double the attendance of Louisville. They will probably get an MLS team in Northern KY before Louisville.

    • Swoony
      4:41 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      FC Cincy had a great showing but LCFC beat the record by over 2k and there weren’t that many FC Cincy fans there. That said, it’s definitely the makings of a great rivalry….and in that spirit…the only reason FC Cincy gets 20k fans is because they give college students free tickets and offer $1 beer…kind of like UofL.

    • Eazy
      4:58 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      Lol, true.

  2. evilcarl
    10:09 pm July 16, 2017 Permalink

    Louisville FC hates Kentucky. I wish you’d stop allowing yourself to be a piece of propaganda by a group that hates UK and UK fans to build another stadium that will cripple the city and state even more. The plan for their stadium is even more ridiculous than the YUM center. Don’t be another Jim Host.

    • Swoony
      4:44 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      False. LCFC actually has a better relationship with UK than UofL per leadership inside LCFC. In fact… UK Alumni Night is July 29th. As for the stadium, it would actually be a huge economic development for the area proposed.

    • Eazy
      5:01 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      If a new stadium is built would they be moving up to the MLS? Louisville needs a professional team. Cincy already has the Reds and Bengals so I’d like to see Louisville get it.

  3. UKfanforlife
    10:54 pm July 16, 2017 Permalink

    I hate soccer. Always have. Most boring sport on the planet. I would rather watch a fat dog fart than soccer. I would rather watch girls grunt and make layups, than watch soccer. I would rather watch two old ladies in wheel chairs race for the last bowl of tapioca pudding in the cafeteria at the old folks home, than watch soccer. I would rather watch buzzards pick apart a carcass on the side of the road, than watch soccer. I would rather go to a yawning festival, than watch a soccer game. Wait a minute, those two events are the same thing.

  4. Aristocat
    11:55 pm July 16, 2017 Permalink

    I met 19 FCC fans throughout the afternoon leading up to the game, and they were all absolutely fantastic. The game itself was a blast, as usual. I’ve been a huge UK fan all my life, but it wasn’t until I started going to Louisville FC games that I realized how much better their average soccer game environment is than the usual UK football or basketball home game. The atmosphere is just electric!

    evilcarl, that is is biggest load of garbage I’ve read since LaVar Ball asked for a billion dollar shoe deal. For one, Louisville FC does NOT hate Kentucky…and if you truly believe they do, then your ignorance is without remedy. As for the stadium, their plan is still being fleshed out; the city already said they aren’t willing to finance it like the YUM center, so it won’t “cripple the city and state”, as you suggest. No, they’re going to have to make a more sensible funding strategy utilizing private investment. Regardless, the USL has mandated that they adopt an independent venue–in part due to the massive growth in attendance and popularity of the sport–so either they get a stadium, or the club will likely be forced to find a new home. Having your professional teams leave due to lack of local support doesn’t exactly inspire confidence for new economic growth in the region.

    • Eazy
      2:01 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      Rupp is great for big games but for the average game you’re right. But UK games in the SEC tournament are electric. And I have a feeling Kroger Field will be hype this year. The baseball game against NC State was a better environment than most basketball games, too.

    • Swoony
      4:44 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink


  5. tWildcat
    12:35 am July 17, 2017 Permalink

    Go FC Cincinnati!!!

  6. JoeMoney333
    7:21 am July 17, 2017 Permalink

    Better title: “FCC Cincinnati fans help LouCity set new attendance record”

  7. l2wboard
    5:59 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

    I love UK, I am from NK, I have season tickets to FCC in the Bailey for two years,

    I have never been to a game that was free to get in and dollar beers ( they do that for hockey in town).

    If you ever get a chance to go to a FCC game at home do it. The environment is great. I was at the game on Saturday night, FCC sold over 2,200 ticket thru there portal for the game.
    The Lou. fans were great had a blast with them before the game and during.

    • Eazy
      11:07 pm July 17, 2017 Permalink

      Nice, I need to go. Need a good team in Cincinnati to root for.