It’s been a turbulent two weeks for Columbus Crew SC supporters ever since they learned of Anthony Precourt’s intention to move the Black & Gold to Austin, TX barring the construction of a downtown stadium.
Those same supporters rallied together and created the #SaveTheCrew movement, committed to keeping soccer in the city of Columbus and has received the backing of Columbus celebrities and businesses.
Simply put this movement has turned Major League Soccer and the soccer world upside down.
A website was created and housed all the information supporters would need to get involved. The website quickly had ~30,000 unique views within days of going live.
Organizers created and executed an elaborate rally in less than 96 hours on the steps of City Hall where approximately 2,000 fans let their feelings be known. Supporters from various clubs around the world including the English Premier League’s Stoke City and Huddersfield Town vowed their allegiance to the cause.
Fans even invaded ESPN’s College Gameday with Black & Gold signs that signified their love for the first club in Major League Soccer instead of the Buckeyes.
Perhaps the biggest step forward occurred on Monday evening at Columbus City Hall. This was #SaveTheCrew’s second appearance in front of Columbus City Council inside of the very building where the movement kicked off.
Organizers including Morgan Hughes addressed the council with eloquent testimony and afterwards were granted a resolution from city council in which the #SaveTheCrew.
What does that mean exactly?
The City Council will “do everything reasonably possible to make sure that the Columbus Crew stays within the city of Columbus.” This includes much needed visibility for a campaign that has already attracted a lot of attention.
This is good news for Black & Gold fans everywhere, but it is certainly not the end of the fight.