Crew SC plans to start stadium construction this summer

Columbus Crew SC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Incoming Columbus Crew SC owner Dee Haslam says the team plans to start construction of a $230 million downtown stadium this summer.

Crew SC were in danger of being moved to Austin, Texas, before an agreement announced last month that has Precourt Sports Ventures selling the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam — the owners of the NFL's Cleveland Browns — and Peter Edwards, the Crew's former team physician.

Dee Haslam said Wednesday plans are moving quickly to close the sale. PSV intends to own a new team in Austin.

Mapfre Stadium, which is north of downtown, will be converted to a training facility and community sports park. It has been the Crew SC's home since 1999.

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