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Columbus Crew SC to open the 2017 at home vs. the Chicago Fire

The Black & Gold will start things off right at MAPFRE Stadium in early March.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday the home openers for each team for the league’s 22nd season. Columbus Crew SC will start the year at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday March 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET against Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire.

This contest not only marks the 22nd season for Black & Gold soccer in Columbus, but also the 19th year of play in MAPFRE Stadium, which opened as the first professional soccer specific stadium in 1999.

This game marks the second-earliest Crew SC has begun a regular season. The first was a March 2 road tilt with Chivas USA in 2013 — a 3-0 win. It will be the earliest home opener on record, the fifth time the Black & Gold has opened the season against Chicago – last time in 2006 – and the third time overall that the rivals begin the season in a clash at MAPFRE Stadium.

According to the press release from Crew SC...

Tickets for the March 4 match are set to be available at a limited-time, special price, beginning at $17 starting today at 1:00 p.m. ET. Tickets to Opening Match on March 4 can also be acquired by purchasing 2017 Season Ticket Memberships or a 10-Match Plan or a Holiday Scarf Package. The Holiday Scarf Package includes two tickets to the March 4 Opening Match against the Fire at MAPFRE Stadium along with two tickets to a future match of their choice and two limited edition Crew SC scarves, all starting at $88. Ticket information on all avenues to seats for Opening Match is available by calling 614-447-2739 and online via ColumbusCrewSC.com.

After a record-setting attendance year in 2016, it will likely be a cold but welcomed start to a new season. Crew SC finished ninth in the Eastern Conference with 36 points and head coach Gregg Berhalter has promised a new look for the team in 2017.