With the Columbus Crew SC blazing a path through the MLS Cup playoffs and Precourt Sports Ventures sowing the seeds to move the team in Austin, TX, the civic leaders in Columbus are working to keep the team in town.
The next step, a meeting with MLS leaders, revealed last night by WBNS 10-TV and confirmed by Massive Report.
Columbus mayor Andy Ginther and Columbus Partnerships president Alex Fischer will meet with MLS commissioner Don Garber and Anthony Precourt on Nov. 15 in MLS headquarters in New York City. A time has not been set.
There has been significant acrimony between the two sides. Precourt’s answers during a teleconference on Oct. 17 cited a lack of commitment from the city. Fischer’s statement on efforts to keep the Crew in Columbus from Oct. 26 started with “Despite our owners and the front office of the MLS abandoning us...”
Precourt and PSV have stated that any plan to keep the team in Columbus would have to include a stadium in either Franklinton, the Arena District, or the downtown area. Additionally, there would need to be improvements in attendance and corporate partnerships.
President of PSV Dave Greeley has been on a blitz of Austin, including a question and answer session with Austin soccer fans on Nov. 1 and meeting with city leaders in the lead up to a Nov. 8 Austin City Council meeting where public lands for soccer stadiums will be discussed. Precourt and Greeley have said that they are pursuing a stadium in the urban core of Austin.
As more information is made available about this meeting or what comes if it, Massive Report will have the information for you.