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Grill Out Planned for FC Cincinnati-to-Newport Effort

With just more than two weeks before FC Cincinnati is expected to know for sure where it wants to construct a brand new soccer stadium, efforts to court the popular team to Newport have ramped up.

First, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce launched a social media campaign titled #BuildItHereNKY, just a week after FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding spoke at a Chamber event in Newport.

SEE PREVIOUSLY: Northern Kentucky begins public courtship of FC Cincinnati

This past Sunday, the Chamber hosted fans at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport for a video shoot.

Now, community group ReNewport is getting in on the action. They have teamed up with the Chamber to host a grill-out at Wooden Cask Brewery which will be followed by a walk to the Ovation site on the riverfront where the stadium would go.

More photos and a video will be shot.

Newport's chances are being hyped as two other locations appear to face obstacles.

Berding has said all along that FC Cincinnati is considering Newport, and two sites in Cincinnati, in the neighborhoods of Oakley and the West End. City and county officials worked to create a deal for the Oakley site late last year ahead of the team's submission to Major League Soccer to secure a bid to join. A stadium is viewed as a requirement for the attempt to join the soccer big leagues.

Attention in recent months has turned to the West End, though. The team would construct a stadium on property owned by the Cincinnati Board of Education.

This week, members of that board expressed disappointment in the amount of money FC Cincinnati would offer to pay in property taxes on a new stadium.

If you are interested in attending the Wednesday event at Wooden Cask, check out the Facebook event page here.

-Staff report