Tuesday, February 02, 1999

Riverhawks moving to Northern Ky.

Soccer team to play at Town & Country

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Riverhawks, a minor-league professional soccer team that has been playing its games at Galbreath Field near Paramount's Kings Island in Mason, plans to announce today it will move its home field to the Town & Country soccer complex in Wilder, Ky.

        Sources said the Riverhawks want to move to Wilder, which is just a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati, to improve attendance and their profile in the area.

        The sources said the team will begin practicing in late March and play 20 home games this spring and summer at the complex, at the southwest corner of Interstate 275 and Ky. 9 in Campbell County.

        It is not known whether the team will keep the Cincinnati in its name or change the name of the team to the Kentucky or Northern Kentucky Riverhawks.

        Late Monday afternoon, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. put out a joint news release announcing the time and location of a news conference, but not its subject.

        Carrie Bostian, a chamber spokeswoman, and Riverhawks General Manager Lyn Hughes both said Monday they could not comment. “We're being tight-lipped about this,” Mr. Hughes said.

        The Riverhawks averaged about 1,100 fans at its games last season. A source said seats would have to be added to the outdoor field at the Wilder complex, but the owners had already planned to do so.

        The Town & Country Sports and Entertainment Complex is being developed by John Toebben of Fort Wright.

        The complex will include indoor and outdoor soccer, with plans for restaurants and a hotel. A 20-screen movie theater is being built next to the complex by Regal Cinemas.

        Mr. Toebben was out of town Monday and could not be reached to comment.

        The Riverhawks play in the A-League of the United Systems of Independent Soccer. The Riverhawks are a minor-league squad for the Columbus Crew of MLS, Major League Soccer.

        One source said three games will be played against Columbus, Los Angeles and Dallas of MLS.

        Last season, the Riverhawks finished with an 11-17 record and fifth place in the seven-team Central Division.


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