Columbus Crew give fresh insight into new stadium

Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Columbus Crew has unveiled new renderings for its under-development stadium, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

The Crew, which marked 260 days of construction progress on the project yesterday (Wednesday), provided an update as MLS still faces question marks over when it can resume its 2020 season amid COVID-19. The MLS season has been suspended since March 12, with reports yesterday stating the League is considering a plan to resume the season with all teams playing in Orlando.

The new renderings and video reveal more insight into the design of the roof of the stadium, along with a special entrance for the Nordecke, where the team’s supporters group sits behind one of the goals.

Earlier this month, Haslam Sports Group and the Edwards Family, investor-operators of the Crew, announced the creation of a joint venture for the commercial development of the Confluence Village, which will be located near the new stadium.

The club’s owners made the announcement in conjunction with Columbus-based The Pizzuti Companies. The Confluence Village will be located in downtown Columbus, with the Crew and Pizzuti to transform the area into offices, commercial, residential and green space.

A key element of the joint venture includes a commitment to develop residential units to better serve the local community. More details regarding the residential component of the development will be revealed in the near future.

Columbus Crew broke ground on its new 20,000-seat downtown stadium in October, just hours after the club’s owners completed the acquisition of land on which it will sit. In September, the Crew unveiled renderings for the $230m (£188.6m/€213.1m) stadium, which will serve as the centrepiece of the wide-ranging Confluence Village.

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