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The Crew finishes pitch installation at new stadium

Another big step in the completion of the new stadium is in the books on Earth Day.

The new field at New Crew Stadium in downtown Columbus, Ohio
Courtesy of Columbus Crew SC

The Columbus Crew’s new home is getting ever so close to being complete. Thursday afternoon on Earth Day, the club announced the sod installation at New Crew Stadium is complete, a major step for the most important part of the new home for the Crew.

The field is implemented with new SubAir Sport technology to have hydronic undersoil heating and grow lights to keep the pitch in top condition. This technology is also used at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, the home of The Memorial Tournament. The pitch is another element of New Crew Stadium that makes it one of the most advanced in all of Major League Soccer.

The dimensions of the surface pitch are 225 feet wide by 360 feet long featuring Kentucky Blue Grass from Hammonton, New Jersey that was provided by Tuckahoe Turf Farms. Surrounding the pitch will be 13 feet of synthetic turf on the sidelines and 11 feet of the same synthetic turf on the end lines. The stadium will also have storage for the pitch surface grow lights, the first stadium with that feature in all of MLS.

“The pitch at New Crew Stadium will be one of the most technologically advanced in Major League Soccer,” Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in the release announcing the completion of the pitch installation. “In addition to creating a world-class matchday experience for supporters in the stands, it’s vital we provide our players with a world-class experience on the pitch.”

“Given that our style-of-play values possession of the ball, it’s important the playing surface is optimal, something we have been able to accomplish thanks to our award-winning grounds crew. Having the SubAir Sport technology at our disposal will help the field adapt to any sudden changes in climate, ensuring that the players have a safe and consistent surface. The combination of cutting-edge pitch technology and our top-class grounds rew ensures that our new home will have the best pitch in the league.”

The SubAir system gives this pitch some serious advantages. The pitch is designed to recover faster from bad weather conditions like rain, snow, sleet and more to go along with a piping system that can increase the temperature of the pitch during those late-season matches in the fall and winter. The SubAir system is also built to drain water from the field in three minutes, which is 57 minutes faster than the average stadium gravity system.

The club also celebrated Earth Day with the planting of the first trees at the brand-new OhioHealth Performance Center. Crew first team and Homegrown players Isaiah Parente and Aboubacar Keita had the honor of planting the first trees this morning.

A productive Earth Day for the Crew has the club and its fans excited for the July 3 opener at New Crew Stadium against the New England Revolution. The team has this week off from play and will return to action at historic Crew Stadium on April 28 at 8:30 p.m. against Monterrey in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The Black & Gold’s next MLS match will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida against CF Montreal.