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The exquisite exterior of the newly opened TQL Stadium—home of the FC Cincinnati Soccer Club—was engineered, fabricated and installed by Jones Architectural Creations. Jones Sports managed the project, including upfront design and marketing.
The stadium cladding a series of specially shaped aluminum fins, which create a geometric shape connecting the roof to the side concourse enclosure around the stadium’s perimeter. Each of the 385 fins is fitted with programmable LED lighting that is controlled with a graphic operating system. When lit and operating, the stadium’s exterior lighting produces nearly infinite hues, graphics and messages and creates a stunning visual experience. Watch a video produced by FC Cincinnati of TQL Stadium's facade illuminated for the first time with a choreographed light show.
The structure is supported by 46 custom steel trusses, which range from 50-to-80 feet tall. The structural steel was fabricated at the Jones plant in Green Bay, Wis.
Jones sourced the oversized aluminum extrusions from Qatar, which has the only extrusion line capable of handling the size. The lighting components and controller came from Montreal.
Due to the scale of the project, much of the fabrication was done on-site and encompassed 60,000 labor hours over a six-month span. There were no safety incidents on the job despite most of the work done at heights, and there were no reported COVID-19 infections even though construction occurred during the height of the pandemic. Jones completed all work within budget and ahead of schedule.
The design firm for TQL Stadium was world-renowned Populous. The stadium is owned by the FC Cincinnati Soccer Club and replaces the previous venue, Nippert Stadium. Find more information on TQL Stadium at tqlstadium.com.
About Jones Sports
Jones Sports, a division of Jones Sign Company Inc., provides an array of branding and architectural design elements needed for the success of a sports venue. From stadium naming rights and other sponsorship activations to architectural facades, updated concessions and retail locations, and scoreboards and video displays, Jones Sports helps prepare venues for “Prime Time”. Recent projects include American Family Field in Milwaukee, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Chase Center in San Francisco, and Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
About Jones Architectural Creations
Jones Architectural Creations, a division of Jones Sign Company Inc., provides architectural facades and features for all building types, including sports and entertainment venues. This endeavor has leveraged the knowledge of light, metals and glass accumulated over decades of sign work into a niche offering. Current or recent jobs include Gateway at Wynwood in Miami, four massive projects at LAX airport, University of California at Riverside, and Circa Las Vegas.
About Jones Sign
Jones Sign Company Inc. is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and has been in business since 1910. It maintains factories in five other locations, operating facilities in 12 other locations spread across the United States and Mexico. Jones Sign offerings include iconic signs, multiple location rebrands, and ongoing new construction work for Fortune 500 companies. Its four divisions operate semi-autonomously and include Jones Sports, Jones Architectural Creations (architectural facades and features), Jones Outdoor (billboards) and Jones Lighting Services (commercial indoor and exterior lighting replacement). Visit us online at JonesSign.com and facebook.com/JonesSign.