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Columbus Crew to start stadium construction this summer

Columbus Crew will begin construction on a new $230m (€200m) downtown stadium this summer, incoming owner Dee Haslam announced on Wednesday.

Haslam is close to finalising the purchase of the MLS team alongside husband Jimmy Haslam and Peter Edwards, the Crew’s former team physician.

A deadline of 2021 has been set for the opening of the 20,000-seater stadium.

“One of the things we have to get going on is – because we want to break ground really quickly on the stadium – is doing the whole, entire comprehensive plan,” Haslam said.

“We’ve done this so fast. I don’t know that anyone has ever put a concept together (this fast), and we hope to be in the ground this summer for sure in order to make deadline. I think we’re going as fast as we can go.”

The Crew will play at current arena, Mapfre Stadium, until construction is finished before it will be re-purposed into a public sports complex and practice facility for the team.