Idea: Relocating Crew Stadium to the Arena District
May 19, 2016 1:43 pm at 1:43 pm #1127353
In the meantime they should put a pedestrian bridge over the tracks at the end of Norwich.May 19, 2016 4:02 pm at 4:02 pm #1127406
But…….the Arena District has been certified as family friendly ever since we moved the casino!May 19, 2016 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #1127429
Great idea about moving Crew Stadium to the Arena District. Thumbs up.May 19, 2016 5:21 pm at 5:21 pm #1127430
And, Ohio History Museum to the riverfront.May 19, 2016 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #1127436
I don’t think *squeezed* is the right term. The area described is about 5 times the size of Jeffrey park. Plenty of space to *squeeze* in surrounding development.
Honestly looking at the area this looks like a squeeze to me.
Your options are to totally rework the area around lowes. Which could be a cool but would require cooperation of a lot of businesses. Or to demo and redo a lot of Expo center land, which last time I rode by had a large new building going in. We could also Demo the History Center, which could happen if they end up relocating downtown as rumored. I don’t mind the area but it still strikes me as a bit squeezy : )
The idea of turning the tailgating culture into a bar culture would have a negative impact for many people. The first issue I see is there are a lot of families that get to the stadium early to tailgate. The parents grill and have a few drinks while the kids play soccer and eat. That will obviously be wiped away. Also, tailgating is much cheaper than the bars. You can bring your own beer and food for much less than going to the bar. I think if they can update the stadium, get the fairgrounds to knock down the price of parking, fix traffic flow problems before and after games, and pave the rest of the parking area I would have no issue with the team staying where they are right now.
When I said bar culture I was speaking in terms of supporters groups.
There are good number of open air lots in the arena district that cost the same or less than Crew Stadium Parking. If you build something new in Penn West you could easily create Tailgate lots opposite the stadium and even market them as premiums in STH packages. The Crew used to do this before most of the lots were paved.
Plus look at the list of things to be fixed at the existing site. Paving the lot and reducing parking prices are possible but I doubt they’d do it since the unpaved lots are usually where horse trailers are parked during fairground events. Traffic flow issues are something I doubt will ever be resolved properly.
I like Crew Stadium, it’s our old Iron and Concrete fortress. It’s only 2 miles from the short north and connected almost the whole way by bike lanes which I take every game. But that location has been long since eclipsed by better options. I don’t think we’ll move downtown, but I wish we would.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.May 20, 2016 10:52 am at 10:52 am #1127564
Every time I attend a Crew match, or in March I attended my first USMNT match at “Crew Stadium,” within a few days I am contacted by a Crew ticket rep taking my temperature on ticket-plan interest. I always tell them the same thing: I hate the monopolized overpriced parking rate, and why does it take an hour to flow everyone out of the parking lot? Every ticket rep is trained to respond that the Crew contracts the parking out to another company, so it is not their problem.
My issue with that is, if enough people are telling the Crew their primary reason for not attending more matches is because of parking then I would hope the Crew would take it upon themselves to force their contractor’s hand to improve it. But, parking is the way it’s always been and will probably never change as long as the Crew are playing in their current location.
I have been a Blue Jackets partial-season ticketholder since 2007. I have never paid $15-20 for parking within a three block radius of Nationwide Arena, not even the CBJ’s four home playoff games. Also, on nights when Nationwide Arena is at capacity I can get home within a half-hour even when it takes a few minutes to get out of a parking garage.
This remains my primary beef with attending matches at “Crew Stadium.” I am the definition of a casual soccer fan – I am a sports fan who did not grow up watching soccer and have traditionally watched baseball during the months of MLS season. However, I also did not grow up watching hockey but support the Blue Jackets because they are Columbus’s team, which is the same way I view the Crew. Thanks to soccer having no commercial TV-timeouts and a running clock, matches generally end much quicker than other sports, yet the same amount of time passes by the time I can get funneled out of “Crew Stadium” parking lots. It should not take me the same amount of time to get home from a Crew match with 20,000 people as it does an OSU football game with 110,000+ people!
The obvious solution is to eventually construct a new stadium for The Crew in/near the Arena District. Parking for Clippers games runs $3-$5 on nights there are no events at Nationwide Arena and/or ExpressLIVE! (The LC), while parking for Blue Jackets games, Nationwide Arena events/concerts and the Columbus Convention Center generally range from $10-$20 based on proximity. Not to mention, more COTA lines traverse the Downtown and Arena District areas than the current location of “Crew Stadium.” If/when the day comes that Columbus enhances public transit, they will realistically make it easier to get to Downtown and to the Arena District before they will make it easier to get to the State Fairgrounds!
I visited Portland, Oregon, for three days last September. I made a point to walk around Providence Park (home of the MLS Timbers and NWSL Thorns) and imagine how much nicer a stadium like that would be for the Crew than the current stadium. There was actually a black-tie special event being held within the stadium at the time, but they let me into the team shop (I was curious if they were selling Columbus-made Homage shirts – they were not). I mean, could you even imagine a black-tie event being considered for the current “Crew Stadium” that is only used for non-soccer events such as Rock On The Range and country music concerts, which now seem to have moved on to Ohio Stadium?!?!
It is fun for Columbus to boast the first soccer-specific stadium in the US, but at some point we have to realize how much further the league has come since 1999. If you build it, the USMNT and USWNT will still come…and so will more supporters!May 20, 2016 11:23 am at 11:23 am #1127566
The Crew do not contract the parking out to another company. The parking lots are owned by the fair grounds which is who determines the price to park, so I think you must have misunderstood their explanation. Also, try parking near the entrance/exits of the parking lots rather than parking as close to the stadium as possible. I park near the entrance/exits and it never takes any more than about 5 minutes to leave. Obviously you have to walk a bit further but it’s worth it. You could also park over on Fourth Street and walk over for free! It’s not a bad walk at all and a ton of people do it. Also, when entering the stadium before the game, try taking Fourth Street up to 17th and enter from the west entrance rather than the east entrance. Far fewer people enter this way so there is usually little to no line.May 20, 2016 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #1127633
In my dream fantasy world the Crew build a new stadium snug against the tracks opposite the buggy works that can leverage the parking already available in the arena district.
I was thinking the exact same thing. On the far west portion of Nationwide Blvd… is that land slated for anything in the future?
If you could also make use of the warehouse area, right on the river bank, you would have some room to preserve at least some of the tailgating culture. (And even more if you could compress that “Y” portion of the railroad tracks.)May 20, 2016 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm #1127637
I’ve never paid to park for a crew game. I just park on fourth or summit. It’s a bit of a walk, but it’s free and I still get to my car and can start getting home way sooner than the 90 min it takes to leave the parking lot after the game. I think egress is the biggest issue with the current stadium. They need to add a another underpass or at least a pedestrian bridge.May 21, 2016 10:52 am at 10:52 am #1127661
I still can’t believe how nice the Arena District would have been if the Casino was there, and I don’t even gamble. It’s good enough for Cleveland and Cincinnati.May 21, 2016 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #1127668
I would much rather have the mixed use development that will be happening at Pen West than a Casino there.May 21, 2016 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #1127670
Ya, I would prefer the casino too.May 21, 2016 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #1127671
I still can’t believe how nice the Arena District would have been if the Casino was there…
Yeah, the Arena District is a total dump. If only it had a casino on the far western edge. Then it would be nice.May 21, 2016 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #1127682
<div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>scarletandgrey wrote:</div>
I still can’t believe how nice the Arena District would have been if the Casino was there…
Yeah, the Arena District is a total dump. If only it had a casino on the far western edge. Then it would be nice.
There would be a lot more action there on nights when nothing is going in Nationwide.May 21, 2016 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm #1127689
There would be a lot more action there on nights when nothing is going in Nationwide.
No, there would be a lot more parked cars and a lot more people inside one massive building. Those people would not be going to the nearby bars and restaurants, would not be adding to street vibrancy in any way, and they would not be spending money outside of the casino itself.
If you don’t believe that, talk to people on the West side.
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