Plans revealed for new Crew SC Stadium near Arena District

Columbus Crew SC

Plans were revealed Thursday for a new Columbus Crew SC stadium to be developed near the Arena District neighborhood.

The proposed Confluence Village is planned on 33 acres west of Huntington Park with 13 acres for the $230 million, 20,000 seat stadium.

Ground would break in August of 2019. Completion is expected by March of 2021.

“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus. The creativity behind this one-of-a-kind public-private partnership brings together a vision for a new stadium with a broader community development plan. Columbus will be the national standard-bearer of what defines collaborative relationships between professional sports teams and their communities.”

Confluence Village will also include 885 residential units with a minimum of 20% affordable units, and 270,000 sq. ft. of private commercial and office space that can accommodate up to 1,300 employees.

On Wednesday, the city announced plans to change MAPFRE Stadium, the current home of Crew SC, into the Community Sports Park.

The shared-use center would include an indoor soccer field and basketball courts, tournament-level outdoor athletic fields and programming spaces for multigenerational activities.

The city also announced the families of Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Dr. Peter Edwards have been working to complete the purchase of the team by the end of the year.

The Edwards and Haslam Families said in a joint statement of Columbus Crew SC Efforts:

“We are thrilled with the tremendous progress that has been achieved in this short period of time to keep the Crew in Columbus while creating a long-term plan that will greatly benefit the community. The vision for a shared community sports park is especially exciting as the opportunity to more deeply engage Columbus youth with soccer and other sports is so valuable. We are also very excited about the robust activities and possibilities for Confluence Village, which will be the latest transformative development in the vibrant Arena District neighborhood. We are continuing to work through design elements and a neighborhood vision for the future home of the Crew. Our goals, along with those of the Columbus Partnership, HNTB and MKSK, are focused on creating a community asset that reflects the unique personality of Columbus, is a terrific soccer environment and creates wonderful opportunities for the community to utilize the sporting complex year-round in a variety of ways. We greatly appreciate the collaborative efforts of Mayor Ginther, City and County leaders, the Columbus Partnership and Major League Soccer.”

“It’s important to point out that our vision for the new 20,000-seat stadium includes 3,200 supporter seats," said Edwards. “We know Crew fans have been leading the charge to keep the Crew in Columbus from day one. They will not be disappointed with the end result.”

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