Columbus Crew SC announces downtown stadium groundbreaking

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The groundbreaking for the new Crew Stadium has been announced and it is Oct. 10.

There will be live music, food, and even some gifts for people attending.

People who live and work in the area said it will be very beneficial and welcomed.

“Well, it’s called the Arena District and now it really, truly will be all of our arenas in one place,” said Columbus resident Yvonne Rayburn.

The new stadium coming to the Arena District has some people excited.

“I think it’s awesome to have everything all together and then to have them closer to downtown,” said Nina Cummins.

The Crew will stay in Columbus and now they’ve found a new place to live on Nationwide Boulevard.

Jeff Dailey thinks it’s the best place for them.

“The arena district, hustle and bustle, there’s some nightlife, Express Live,” said Dailey.

It is an area he visits often even though he lives in western Marion.

“I like to live outside the hustle and bustle, you know, in the farming district,” said Dailey. “We come down here for the entertainment and the sports. Now you’re going to get all seasons in one area.”

Another group that also likes the idea of having sports in all seasons are businesses.

“It’s been very exciting to have that stadium come to the Arena District, expand the Arena District, enhance the Arena District,” said Tim Emory who is the general manager of Boston’s. “It’s just going to be a great thing for the city.”

Emory added when the Destroyers came to Nationwide Area, he saw an increase in revenue.

Now, he looks forward to welcoming another one of Columbus’ sports teams.

“It’s a lot of fun for the staff,” said Emory. “It’s a lot of fun for the guest. It’s just a great environment.”

The new stadium is expected to be finished in the summer of 2021.

The Oct. 10 event is set to feature music from DJ AXCESS and food trucks for Crew SC supporters in attendance beginning at 1:00 p.m. The first 500 supporters in attendance will receive a commemorative groundbreaking mini shovel.

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