Crew Gets Last of Approvals for Stadium
With the steel frame of the upper bowl now clearly visible at the end of Nationwide Boulevard, representatives of the Columbus Crew SC went before the Downtown Commission this morning with a final round of approvals for their new stadium.
Steve Lyons, the team’s Chief Business Officer, told the commission during today’s virtual meeting that work on the project is continuing at a fast pace.
“We’re proud that we’re on time for our July 2021 opening date next season,” he said, “and we’re also proud that we’ve been able to ensure the health and safety of all of our workers throughout the entirety of this process.”
The commission approved a signage and way-finding plan for the stadium and surrounding area, while also giving the green light to a video board that will sit at the north end of a large plaza planned for the southeast corner of the stadium site.
The video board will be used to run ads and Crew promotions, but will also serve as a focal point of the plaza during events (which could be Crew-related or more community-minded, like outdoor move screenings).
The team also announced earlier this month that work had begun on their new training facility, called the OhioHealth Performance Center. The 42,000-square-feet building, which will located next to Mapfre Stadium, is also scheduled to open next summer.