The Columbus Crew’s potential new ownership group has announced plans for a $230m (€202m) downtown stadium. The proposal includes a 20,000-capacity arena on a 33-acre site with a riverfront park and 885 new residences.
It was also announced that Mapfre Stadium, the MLS team’s home for 20 years, would be converted into a training facility for the team and a community park with soccer fields and walking trails for the public.
Under the current plans, the Crew will play at Mapfre Stadium for two more seasons before moving into the new stadium – should the ownership group be admitted into MLS and legal issues not derail the process.
“We continue to be very encouraged with the significant progress made in Columbus by the Haslam and Edwards families and the Columbus Partnership,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “To ensure the long-term success of Crew SC, and for the Club to remain in Columbus, a critical component of our discussions has been plans for a new stadium, as well as increased fan and corporate support. We hope to see these essential elements finalized soon.
“While there is work to be completed, we commend Mayor Ginther, Alex Fischer, the City, the County, and all who are engaged in this process, which we believe will deliver great benefits to Crew fans and the Columbus community for generations to come.”