News came out on Monday that Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was planning a potential move to Austin, TX if a new stadium could not be built in Columbus.
As more information was released, this seemed more and more a real possibility. On Tuesday morning, Precourt confirmed what had already been reported and then released a letter to season ticket holders.
Here is what Mr. Precourt said in his letter.
Dear Crew SC Season Ticket Member:
Precourt Sport Ventures released a statement earlier today related to the future of Columbus Crew SC. We are reaching out to follow up on this announcement because you are a valued member of the club.
First, thank you for all you do for Crew SC. Simply put—your belief in our club forms the core of our existence. We are honored and grateful to have earned your passion and support.
We recognize today’s update may be difficult to process, but please know that we are attempting to be as transparent as possible, given the circumstances we presently face.
Although the club continues to address a series of historic challenges related to our ongoing business operations, we have specific concerns as we strive to realize our full ambition of becoming a standard-bearer in Major League Soccer. The facts and findings surrounding the health of the club dictate that we urgently expand and explore all options to preserve the long-term sustainability of the club—including remaining in Columbus.
Our ongoing exploration of options will coincide with the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, as well as the 2018 MLS Regular Season.
Our return to the playoffs has been made possible through a bounce-back season, including a club-record number of home wins in a regular season. We have high expectations as a club, including the opportunity to secure another MLS Cup for Columbus.
Looking ahead to 2018, with the composition of our roster we have faith and excitement about the prospects of the 2018 campaign at MAPFRE Stadium. The 2018 season will also mark the 10-year anniversary of the beloved 2008 MLS Cup team, and we look forward to honoring this milestone.
We recognize that no soccer club can achieve its full potential without passion from dedicated supporters like you. Your support of Crew SC, our upcoming playoff run and the 2018 season is greatly appreciated.
Columbus Crew SC
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