City of Columbus plans Columbus Community Sports Park at Historic Crew Stadium

Historic Crew Stadium Aerial view of the stadium, 2018. Photo By Nheyob – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 Unlike most cities when a new stadium or ballpark is finished, the old arena is demolished. Here in Columbus, Ohio, City officials and Columbus Crew ownership have a plan in place to keep Historic Crew Stadium around for years to come.

After all, its only fitting that the first specific soccer stadium in the United States live on forever.

After Saturday night’s final game at the old stadium against another MLS original team, Chicago Fire FC, planning is beginning for a new Columbus Community Sports Park on the site. The city is seeking input from a area citizens on what they would like to have and see on the site through an online survey.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther at presser for Community Sports Park at Historic Crew Stadium (megasportsnews.com photo)
68,554 Andrew Ginther Columbus Mayor On the future development around Crew Stadium 6 17 2021.mp3

Starting July 3, The Crew will be playing home matches at its new Arena District stadium, announced this week as Lower.com Field. However, the team will also keep a presence at Historic Crew Stadium with a new training facility, named the OhioHealth Performance Center. With the rest of the facility becoming a sports park for the community. There will also be housing and other businesses on the site.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther told everyone at the press conference which was live over Facebook and the city’s YouTube Channel, that over 200,000 residents live within three miles of the stadium. That includes those in the Milo-Grogan, Linden, Clintonville, and Weiland Park neighborhoods. He said when the Crew announced it would moved downtown, it was imperative that the old stadium and surrounding acres be used by the community.

The city will contribute $4-million for design work on the project.

Steve Lyons Crew Exec VP Chief Business Officer (megasportsnews.com photo)
68,555 Steve Lyons Crew Exec VP Chief Business Officer On how the Mayor and the City have been a big help for this project to be top notch 6 17 2021.mp3

Also speaking at the press conference were:

Michael Stevens, Director, Columbus Department of Development

Damita Brown, Director, Columbus Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Charles Thompkins, Chair, Milo-Grogan Area Commission

Terrie Termeer, Vice President, Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission

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