The Crew home opener is tomorrow at 5:30 pm. The forecast is for morning rain with chilly temperatures reaching a high in the mid 40s with temperatures falling through the 30s during the game. It's a forecast that by definition excludes fair weather fans, but it's not the worst weather for a home opener.
Ohio weather in March is a tale of extremes. Late season blizzards aren't uncommon, but on other days temperatures into the 70s tease the arrival of spring. Last year, the team lucked out and faced Montreal on a wet, but warm day. 18,197 people showed up to take in the win.
Other warm weather days have pushed attendance higher. The thermometer approached 70 against San Jose in March of 2000. It was a downright balmy day in April 2001 as Chicago and the Crew played in summer like heat.
On the opposite end, fans have had to suffer through a 1-1 draw in the rain and snow when Los Angeles came to town in 2003. The Crew recorded a 3-0 victory to open the 2005 season in a driving rainstorm and temperatures in the 30s.
The worst weather for a home opener, New York in 2007. The high was only 32 with periods of rain and sleet. 13,782 came out to see a 0-0 tie in truly miserable weather.
It won't be pleasant for those who make it, but Crew fans have seen worse.
The full historical weather report from Crew Home Openers:
|Date||Opponent||High||Low||Weather||Crew Score||Away Score||Attendance||Notes|
|3/25/2000||San Jose||69||54||Clear||2||1||16,095||2 OT|
|4/5/2003||Los Angeles||55||33||Rain/Sleet - High Winds||1||1||22,058||2 OT|
|4/7/2007||New York||32||23||Rain/Snow - High winds||0||0||13,782|