Save the Crew reveals plans for a new stadium near downtown Columbus


    Save The Crew leaders told the crowd at Seventh Son Brewing Company in Columbus Monday night plans for a new soccer stadium near downtown Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

    It was rounds of applause, ultimately erupting in cheers and chants, when members of the Save the Crew movement revealed plans for a new soccer stadium.

    "We have a future place to call home, we have our stadium here at the west end of the Arena District," Save The Crew leaders told the crowd at Seventh Son Brewing Company in Columbus Monday night.

    Plans for a new soccer stadium include a view of the downtown Columbus skyline, along with a restaurant, team museum and more.

    The stadium would be along West Nationwide Boulevard bordered by I-670 and the Olentangy River.

    The team's owner Anthony Precourt wants to move the team to Austin, Texas.

    Save The Crew hopes the images will convince a local investor to step up.

    "As a city planner, this was right up my alley," said David Foust with Save the Crew, "so, I was really excited to get to work on it, we were fortunate to have a lot of other people volunteer their time to help out."

    The fan base said there aren't many that would go so far as to create plans and scope out a location.

    Save The Crew said the plots are owned by different groups now.

    "They still own those parcels," said Foust, "they still get to make those decisions, but we wanted to provide a vision for the future for the team here in Columbus."

    The team's owner has been working with the city of Austin, Texas to get plans for a stadium approved there. City Council could reportedly vote this week.

    Meanwhile, fans in Columbus are staying positive.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that we have the support to maintain and keep this team where it belongs, which is Columbus," said Crew fan Evonne Segall.

    The Columbus Crew S-C communications staff declined to comment.

    The Save the Crew movement also celebrated having more than 10,000 people pledge to be season ticket holders for next year.


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