COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A group of people who want to Columbus Crew MLS soccer team to stay where it is instead of moving to Austin are pushing to relocate the stadium.
A big part of the Columbus Crew’s move to Austin was to have a stadium built in the urban core. Precourt Sports Ventures and the city of Austin are still in negotiations and have highlighted McKalla Place in north Austin as a stadium site.
Back in Ohio, the ‘Save the Crew’ movement wants to keep the Columbus Crew at home, and announced a plan for the current Crew Stadium to move to the Arena District. It released renderings of the proposed stadium Monday evening, along with a season ticket pledge of more than 10,000 people. The proposed stadium would be placed at the west end of Nationwide Boulevard and seat more than 25,000 soccer fans. It would include a soccer museum and more.
“We put courts on the site so the site can be used 24/7 and spread the game of soccer as well as a restaurant and event venue that’s connected into the stadium so people can come out and see the stadium even when it’s not in use for a game,” said David Foust.
Faust says that between the Ohio Attorney General and the City of Columbus’ pending lawsuit to stop the Crew move, and the grassroots effort to keep the team in Columbus, he is confident the team will stay.
“Ultimately what happens in Columbus whether it’s the lawsuit or a local ownership group what happens in Columbus will determine the fate of this team and we firmly believe that they’re going to stay in Columbus,” said Foust.