Credit: Columbus Crew SC / HNTB
DOWNTOWN STADIUM, COLUMBUS, OHIO
New renderings have been released of Columbus Crew
SC’s new US$300m stadium, which is currently in
construction and will be located in downtown
Columbus, Ohio. Images show an updated canopy
and perforated façade for a more modern and angular
design, as well as a glimpse of what the venue’s fan
experience and hospitality sections will look like.
Being developed on a 33-acre site, the 20,000-seater
stadium has a fan-focused design with five multipurpose
club and lounge spaces. In these latest images
its premium offerings are revealed, including the
CrewHouse, a 5,000ft² (464m²) brew hall with views
of the entrance plaza, as well as an exclusive covered
entrance for club members.
The new stadium is set to feature the second largest
supporters’ section in Major League Soccer, called
the Nordecke. The safe-standing section has two patio
decks and the MLS’ first beer garden with space for
3,400 supporters. The stadium will also see the team
add 30 suites, 1,900 club seats, and 30 loges.
Columbus Crew will be moving from MAPFRE
Stadium, which was the first soccer-specific stadium in
the US, as its location has proved problematic to attract
casual fans and it has few surrounding bars, restaurants
or entertainment. This multi-purpose venue, however,
is in a downtown spot within walking distance of the
city’s retail and dining options, and will also see the
surrounding Arena District be developed with further
commercial, office, and residential space.
MAPFRE Stadium will be transformed into a
community sports park following the team’s move,
which is expected in summer 2021.
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