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City council approves Crew SC stadium development

Columbus city council members passed an ordinance Monday night that gives the green light to the development of the MAPFRE Stadium site and a new stadium location for the Columbus Crew SC.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus city council members passed an ordinance Monday night that gives the green light to the next part of the development of the MAPFRE Stadium site and a new stadium location for the Columbus Crew SC.

The plan was introduced in December and Monday’s passage allows the city to move into a development agreement with Franklin County and Crew SC Stadium Company, LLC.

The ordinance said Crew SC Stadium Company, LLC will contribute at least $140 million toward the project costs.

$140 million will also be needed from the public which is “expected to be funded by and through the City Contribution, County Contribution, State Contribution, Authority NCA Development Bonds and any other public sources approved by the Parties,” according to a draft of the agreement supplied by the city.

A $50 million contribution from the city was approved Monday night.

The park will feature a practice and training area for the Crew SC as well as indoor and outdoor fields, basketball courts and space for people to use.

Approximately 1,300 full-time jobs are expected to be a part of the project, according to the ordinance.

The stadium construction is expected to start on October 29, 2019 and “substantial completion” of the stadium is expected on July 1, 2021.

Construction of the public sports park and Crew SC training facility is scheduled for February 14, 2020 and June 1, 2020 respectively.

Phase one of the park is expected to be done by June 30, 2022.

The proposed new stadium site would be located just west of Huntington Park.