COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Crew SC has announced some of the design features at the planned downtown stadium.
The Crew made the announcement, Tuesday, with renderings of the plans.
Among the design features of the stadium includes a continuous wrap-around roof, four unique stands, a closed seating bowl, and a 360-degree concourse. The wrap-around roof will provide protection to fans at the stadium and reflect noise back to the pitch.
Each of the four stands will have its own key feature.
- West – Player seating, Player Box Seats, Pitchside Club Seats, Concourse Club Seats + Lounge, Player Tunnel, Suite level with unique “Ledge Seats” cantilevered in front of suites.
- East -Field Suites + Lounge, East Concourse Club, Reserved Seating, East GA Upper Stand featuring elevated concourse with views to downtown.
- North – New 3,400 capacity Nordecke safe-standing section inspired by the current location of the Nordecke, Two Patio Decks, Nordecke Beer Garden – the first in MLS, an integrated Tifo rigging system in the canopy, capo stands
- South –5,000 SF Brew Hall with open views to the entrance plaza and downtown that will be open on non-matchdays to support a variety of local community events. General Seating – Lower and Upper Bowl, feature bar & overlook to Nationwide Blvd. at South Main Concourse, videoboard
There will also be a 40,000 sq foot community place and park at the southeast corner of Confluence Village that will be open to the public on matchdays and non-event days.
The new design is being applauded by members of the Save the Crew leadership who helped campaign for a new stadium while working to prevent the Crew’s former owner from relocating the team to Austin, Texas, last year.
“This is going to be a destination for not just the people of Columbus, but people all over America,” said Morgan Hughes. “If they build it, they will come and they’re building it. It’s a good day to be a Crew fan.”
Crew leadership echoed Hughes with the sentiment that the new stadium will help grow the team’s fan base.
“I think whether you’re a pure soccer fan, or a curious observer, I think this is going to draw people from all walks of life to come and enjoy a Columbus Crew SC match and our challenge, and our opportunity, is to ensure we’re using this stadium as an opportunity to grow our fan base, not just for 2021, but well into the future,” said Steve Lyons, the team’s Chief Business Operator.
The stadium is expected to open in 2021.