Crew Cuts: St. Patrick's Day

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

So what to do Wednesday when St. Patty's and the Crew coincide? Prepare for a packed house, Celtic jams and the big game on the big screen. Green beer, meet Black and Gold cheer.

Columbus played the first half of a two-leg CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mexican power Toluca on Tuesday at Crew Stadium. After allowing Toluca to build a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Crew fought back for a draw with two goals from Steven Lenhart. That sets the stage for a dramatic second leg of a series to be decided by tallying the total goals from both games.

That second leg will be played in Mexico Wednesday, which also happens to be St. Patrick's Day. That should increase interest in the match and create quite the logjam for fan hubs Claddagh and Fado, which have a wealth of St. Patrick's Day programming scheduled but are also committed to screening the Crew.

Of course, the bars will welcome all the business they can get, and there's a good deal of overlap between Crew fans and Irish culture devotees. But both parties should come prepared to stand elbow to elbow.

"I imagine it will be standing room only a good two hours before the game," Claddagh manager Ian Montgomery said.

Fado and Claddagh will both have the Toluca game on TV, but are opting to turn the sound off so as not to interfere with the Celtic sounds that will surely keep each pub jovial, win or loss.

Claddagh has a break in the music schedule from 7-9 p.m., so Crew chants can reign down through the pregame and first half before The Drowsy Lads take the stage at 9.

Fado is charging a $10 cover from 4 p.m. to close, but is handing out $10 gift cards to every entrant. They'll have the music of Soul Kitchen and The Websters during the Crew game.

Champions League quarterfinal, Leg 2: Columbus Crew at Toluca

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

Claddagh Irish Pub

585 S. Front St., Brewery District

614-224-1560

Web: claddaghirishpubs.com

Fado Irish Pub

4022 Townsfair Way, Easton

614-418-0066

Web: fadoirishpub.com