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State of Ohio looking to help fund new Crew stadium

The state of Ohio could be handing Columbus Crew fans an assist in their efforts to save the club. The Ohio House is set to vote Wednesday on a spending bill that includes about $15m of state money toward the MLS club’s proposed $230m new stadium.

State Representative Mike Duffey told The Columbus Dispatch: “I think the original hope among some folks was that the number would be higher, but the legislature kept paring it down.”

The City of Columbus and Franklin County have each pledged to kick in about $50m, with the balance being funded by the club’s likely new owners the Haslam family.