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Officials announce location of Columbus Crew SC's new stadium

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Officials announced that the future home of the Columbus Crew SC will be in the Arena District. 

At a news conference Thursday, officials said the new  $230 million, 20,000-seat capacity soccer stadium will be part of the 33 acre Confluence Village, just west of Huntington Park in the Arena District. 

“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus. The creativity behind this one-of-a-kind public-private partnership brings together a vision for a new stadium with a broader community development plan. Columbus will be the national standard-bearer of what defines collaborative relationships between professional sports teams and their communities.”

The Columbus Partnership, along with a local ownership group led by Pete Edwards, Jr. and Dee and Jimmy Haslam, in partnership with city, county and state officials, and with the backing of Crew SC supporters, have formed an alliance to meet the year-end deadline set by Major League Soccer to complete the purchase of Crew SC.

Confluence Village also will include 885 residential units with a minimum of 20% affordable units, and 270,000 sq. ft. of private commercial and office space that can accommodate up to 1,300 employees.

The City, county and new ownership are working toward a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify the details of the sale of the team, a new soccer stadium and the repurposing of MAPFRE Stadium.

Mayor Ginther and Columbus City Council announced on Wednesday that part of plan must include transforming MAPFRE Stadium into the Columbus Community Sports Park after the new stadium is near completion. The shared-use center would include an indoor soccer field and basketball courts, tournament-level outdoor athletic fields and programming spaces for multigenerational activities.





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