Incoming Columbus Crew owner Dee Haslam says the team plans to start construction of a $230 million downtown stadium this summer.
The Crew were in danger of being moved to Austin, Texas, before an agreement announced last month that has Precourt Sports Ventures selling the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam — the owners of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns — and Peter Edwards, the Crew’s former team physician.
Dee Haslam said Wednesday plans are moving quickly to close the sale. PSV intends to own a new team in Austin.
Mapfre Stadium, which is north of downtown, will be converted to a training facility and community sports park. It has been the Crew’s home since 1999.
David Miller, of Save the Crew, issued a statement after the press conference.
“We couldn’t be prouder that our community stepped up and Saved The Crew. From new ownership, to Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex Fischer, to Attorney General and Governor-elect Mike DeWine and City Attorney Zach Klein, to elected officials in Columbus and Franklin County, to each and every person who took the pledge for season tickets, volunteered, and told everyone they knew that we weren’t done yet, we wouldn’t be here today without the support of our MASSIVE community,” Miller said in a statement.