Private investors and public entities unveil plans for a new stadium near the Arena District.
Early Thursday afternoon at Land-Grant Brewery in Franklinton, city leaders and prospective new owners of the Crew revealed their intention to build a $230 million stadium just west of the Arena District. The stadium is a key piece of the plan to keep the team in Columbus by transferring ownership from Precourt Sports Ventures to an investor group led by Jimmy and Dee Haslam, owners of the Cleveland Browns, and the Edwards family of Columbus.
Under the plan, the Crew will continue playing at Mapfre Stadium for the next two years while construction is underway, and then Mapfre will be converted into the multiuse Columbus Community Sports Park, which will host the Crew’s training facility. The new stadium near Downtown will eventually become the centerpiece of a new neighborhood, Confluence Village, which will include private commercial and office space, residential units and Riverfront Park. The city and the county have each committed $50 million to the project.
The outlook appears bright for the Crew only 14 months after its future in Columbus was grim. Click on the link below to read our January cover story about the team’s uncertain fate and the origins of the Save the Crew movement.