Major League Soccer franchise Columbus Crew has today (Tuesday) unveiled renderings for its new 20,000-seat downtown stadium, which is set to break ground next month.
It is hoped the new stadium will open in the summer of 2021, with the ground to serve as the centrepiece of a wide-ranging ‘Confluence Village’.
The stadium is also set to incorporate the first supporters’ beer garden in MLS and a brew hall that will open on non-matchdays. Other features will include a 40,000-square-feet outdoor plaza.
The ground will include a steep seating bowl to ensure supporters are close to the action, while its wrap-around roof will provide protection over each stand, amplifying the noise back to the pitch and enhancing the atmosphere.
The stadium’s West Stand will be near the player tunnel and feature player seating, player box seats, pitch-side club seats, concourse club seats and a lounge, as well as a suite level with unique ‘ledge seats’ cantilevered in front of suites.
The East Stand will feature field suites and a lounge, along with a concourse club, reserved seating and an upper stand with general-admission seating, including an elevated concourse with views to downtown.
The North Stand will include the new Nordecke supporter section, inspired by the current location of the Nordecke. It will also include an integrated tifo-rigging system, capo stands, two patio decks and the aforementioned beer garden.
The South Stand will be near a videoboard and include a lower and upper bowl, with general seating and a bar overlooking Nationwide Boulevard. It will also include a brew hall, providing open views to the entrance of the plaza and downtown.
Additionally, the ground will feature an open 360-degree concourse that will enhance the fan experience by maintaining views to the pitch. The concourse will also support activation for other events on on-match days.
“Our goal is for Crew SC’s new downtown stadium to be among the top sports facilities in the nation,” Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said.
“We see our new home as becoming an integral part of Columbus’ downtown. Because of this, we are building a modern facility that is rooted in the culture created by our supporters in order to provide an experience that champions soccer in Columbus. The investments and input from The Haslam and Edwards Families have helped shape renderings for a stadium that will become a modern icon in our region and across the country.”
The Crew announced last week that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the stadium on October 10.
A full image-by-image breakdown of the stadium can be viewed here.
Images: Columbus Crew