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Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District

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  • #399802

    groundrules
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    I_am_Father_McKenzie said:
    A little map I just drew up quickly:

    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=z8eJcRv4FwT4.k0KXWkGUs7uw

    access and parking seem to be issues with that plan, but I like the concept.

    #399803
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    I still think the stadium belongs on the Franklinton coastline where the “new” Vets Memorial is planned, but given the impossibility of that happening, I appreciate this new map with a suggested location.

    I don’t think this particular spot is ideal given the concerns stated above, but it’s exciting to think about the Crew Soccer Complex heading downtown either way.

    #399804
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    It would be a great location if rail was ever introduced on the tracks, but other than that, I still hope it goes over to East Franklinton, or the Scioto Peninsula, but that’s hopefully thinking.

    #399805

    Graybeak
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    Oh, and maybe we can have a vote and see if the taxpayers would like to pay for a new soccer arena in the arena district.

    #399806

    jbcmh81
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    Graybeak said:
    Oh, and maybe we can have a vote and see if the taxpayers would like to pay for a new soccer arena in the arena district.

    They should shut down Huntington Park too. No one voted on that.

    There are dozens and dozens of other Columbus amenities that tax dollars go towards right now. Perhaps they should all be voted on and the city can simply not have anything of value whatsoever.

    #399807

    cmhcow
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    The site being discussed has massive environmental issues. Look at some old Sanborn maps – the railroads owned a lot of it and dumped tons of crap on it. Having said that, there have already been discussions about relocating the Crew to the casino site on Nationwide Blvd.

    #399808

    EnzyteBob
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    MichaelC said:
    I still think the stadium belongs on the Franklinton coastline where the “new” Vets Memorial is planned, but given the impossibility of that happening, I appreciate this new map with a suggested location.

    I don’t think this particular spot is ideal given the concerns stated above, but it’s exciting to think about the Crew Soccer Complex heading downtown either way.

    Nah. It belongs near the watering holes and restaurants right along with the Arena and Clipper Stadium.

    #399809

    SteveKZ087
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    cmhcow said:
    …there have already been discussions about relocating the Crew to the casino site on Nationwide Blvd.

    Can you cite that source? I’d be really interested to read about it, and I haven’t seen that published anywhere just yet. Thanks!!

    #399810

    White Castle:

    Their property is valued at ~$3,000,000. That’s well on their way to a brand new HQ if they’re paid that.

    Parking:

    3,000 connected spaces with 2 large garages right down the street at GY. Also within walking distance of ~15,000 spaces in the AD. Also within walking distance of thousands of residents. Also close to bus lines and possible future rail. Not to mention right off 2 major highways accessible from every direction in the city. I see no problems with parking or connectivity.

    Environmental problems:

    So we just leave it a dump forever? Remediation funds are out there.

    Also, the Scioto Peninsula plan showed nothing about a stadium. I don’t think it would fit well with the the creative things going on over there (artists, CIF, COSI, zoo thing, etc.). The plan wants that to be a residential and retail neighborhood and I agree.

    The NRI-owned “west AD” is going to be like Jeffrey Park, I imagine. Though that would be my first choice for the location.

    #399811

    groundrules
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    I_am_Father_McKenzie said:
    Not to mention right off 2 major highways accessible from every direction in the city. I see no problems with parking or connectivity.

    except you’ve got to push all those people down goodale and neil, which is already a bit of a cluster. without some additional access to highways, I pity a summer saturday evening when there’s a clippers game, a sold-out show at the LC and a Crew game.

    #399812

    jbcmh81
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    cmhcow said:
    The site being discussed has massive environmental issues. Look at some old Sanborn maps – the railroads owned a lot of it and dumped tons of crap on it. Having said that, there have already been discussions about relocating the Crew to the casino site on Nationwide Blvd.

    I thought that Nationwide was planning residential there? At least that’s been the talk for a few years now. I don’t think anything definite has been planned, though, that I know of.

    #399813

    jbcmh81
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    groundrules said:
    except you’ve got to push all those people down goodale and neil, which is already a bit of a cluster. without some additional access to highways, I pity a summer saturday evening when there’s a clippers game, a sold-out show at the LC and a Crew game.

    Good problems too have, though. And it pushes demand for transit alternatives.

    #399814

    groundrules
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    jbcmh81 said:
    Good problems too have, though.

    unless you happen to be trying to get home from work via the neil ave exit :)

    #1127173

    CCSC96
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    After all of these development announcements in Franklinton, Pen West, etc. over the last 2 years the possibilities of having a downtown stadium with “minimal” impact continue to diminish. I got to thinking of other sites that could work based upon their size and owner. The Abbott parcel downtown sticks out for multiple reasons (size of lot, proximity to Arena District, SN, 4th Street and of course Abbott’s ownership). I wonder if stadium naming rights or solid selling prize would persuade Abbott enough to give up the property. I also don’t truly know how large of a company they are and if it would even be economical for them. Just a thought!

    #1127190

    SSBucks
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    I think there’s two things that will ultimately prevent this from happening aside from just sheer cost and lack of available space downtown:

    1. Crew/Mapfre Stadium is becoming kind of a historical landmark. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it the Wrigley of US soccer but the fact that it’s the 1st soccer specific stadium built in the US coupled with the US team’s success there may lead to a willingness to keep it where it is and upgrade/renovate as necessary.

    2. I’m not sure we’ll ever see a true entertainment area around the stadium due to logistics, but with the more recent buildup of the area along 4th through Italian Village, we could see more entertainment options (at least in terms of bars/restaurants) start to trickle up closer to the stadium and provide additional options up that way.

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