The past two years in Columbus Crew SC fandom has been a roller coaster of emotions.
Grant Wahl’s infamous tweet announcing a potential move to Austin, Texas dropped in the late hours of October 16, 2017. Less than one year later, on October 12, 2018, news spread that Jimmy and Deee Haslems and Dr. Pete Edwards had reached an agreement with Major League Soccer to purchase the Crew from Precourt Sports Venture and promised to build a downtown stadium.
Just under one year later, the first official renderings of that downtown stadium were released on Tuesday morning, a few weeks before groundbreaking.
Our community. Our stadium. Our COLUMBUS.#Crew96— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) September 24, 2019
Rumblings of the release of the renderings were heard last week, with the Crew social media team finally teasing the reveal on Monday by showing just a peak of the new stadium’s roof.
The brand new Crew stadium will seat 20,000 fans and will be in the downtown Arena District near the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena and Columbus Clippers’ Huntington park. All 20,000 of those seats will be covered by a wrap-around roof that will protect fans from the weather and reflect noise back into the stadium.
Raising the bar.— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) September 24, 2019
The continuous, wrap-around roof protects seat from the elements. pic.twitter.com/QcCx1kmyAH
Supporters in the Nordecke will enjoy a section designed specifically for them, with 3,400 safe-standing seats on a steep incline, tifo rigging and a beer garden.
The outside of the stadium will be a year-round destination that features an outdoor event space and restaurant that will be an attraction even on days without games.
The ownership group has made it clear that they are willing to spend to make this stadium into one of the best game-day environments in MLS.
Lyons said the cost of the new #Crew96 stadium is likely a little bit north of the $230 million cost originally given out. Also said capacity is expected to be 20,000.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) September 24, 2019
After years of waiting for a downtown stadium and fears of losing the Crew, fans of the Black & Gold are full of excitement and fighting back tears of joy.
They said we were done. They said we wouldn’t Save the Crew. They were wrong. And soon we’ll have a beautiful new stadium!! I’m not crying. You’re crying ⚽️ #Crew96 #SavedTheCrew https://t.co/wlxoOjdil9— Cassandra Faris (@cassandrafaris) September 24, 2019
I'm so incredibly proud. The organization that started my life-long journey with my amazing wife 16+ years ago will live long in to OUR future together. I cannot wait to continue being but a small part of the support that is OUR Columbus Crew! #Crew96 #Columbus https://t.co/KnFgQLJRXJ— Rich Fidler (@fidfamily) September 24, 2019
Did you catch the surprise hidden in the concert rendering?
National media has taken notice, and first impressions are positive.
Columbus’s new downtown stadium is expected to open in July of 2021. You can join the season ticket waiting list and see more renderings of the new stadium at the brand new Crew Stadium website.