Columbus Crew SC announced on Monday morning it will make "a historic announcement on Tuesday, revealing a stadium naming rights partnership." The Black and Gold will hold an announcement ceremony at Columbus Crew Stadium on March 3 at 10:00 am ET.
For the first three seasons of competition, Crew SC played their home matches at Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Former owner Lamar Hunt took the initiative to get the Black and Gold into their own stadium and opened Crew Stadium in 1999 as the first professional soccer specific stadium in the United States. Since then, other teams around Major League Soccer have followed Crew SC's path, opening venue's of their own.
Since the stadium's opening, the organization has searched for a potential naming partner. There have been many rumors, but nothing was ever made official. When Anthony Precourt purchased Crew SC in late July of 2013, he made it known that finding a naming partner for the stadium was a major priority.
In late October, Massive Report reported Crew SC were actively pursuing a partner and Spanish-based global insurance company MAPFRE attended a game and toured the stadium. The Black and Gold placed the MAPFRE name on the stadium, but claimed it was just an example for potential partners.
Massive Report will provide full coverage of Tuesday's press conference and any news that develops surrounding the naming partner.