Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew opened their new Lower.com Field last Saturday evening with a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution.
The new world-class stadium has a capacity for 20,011 supporters and includes seats that are as much as 28ft closer to the pitch than any of the seats at Historic Crew Stadium. Additionally, the incline is steeper, providing improved sightlines for supporters in every part of the venue.
A defining feature of the stadium is a 220,000ft2 canopy that will cover all supporters during the match, providing shelter from weather conditions throughout the season.
The premium spaces at the new home of the Crew are among the highest-end premium experiences in MLS and include Ledge Seats which hang over the lower bowl, offering one of the best views of the pitch.
The New Nordecke at Lower.com Field is located on the north end of the stadium and is set to be the second-largest supporters section in MLS, with standing-only capacity for 3,364 supporters.
Notably, it features a state-of-the-art tifo-rigging system designed for the Black & Gold supporters.
Upon arrival to the southeast entrance of Lower.com Field, supporters will be able to walk up to and congregate in a 62,000ft2 public plaza featuring a large, outdoor 14ft by 24ft video screen. Supporters can then walk across the plaza to the Pub Restaurant and Crew Shop, which will be open on non-matchdays. The concession stands at the venue are also set to feature several local food and beverage options.
At 225ft wide by 360ft long, the surface of the pitch at Lower.com Field – which sits 22ft below the concourse level – will be surrounded by 13ft of synthetic turf on the sidelines and 11ft synthetic turf on the end lines.
The SubAir system used in the pitch will allow it to recover faster from adverse weather conditions, as it can increase the temperature of the pitch root zone by up to 28 degrees, allowing for events played in cold conditions to occur with less buildup that normally might affect the flow of the game. Additionally, the SubAir system can drain water from the pitch in three minutes, while gravity systems usually used in stadiums can take up to 60 minutes.
The plaza outside the southeast gate can hold 2,000 people for watch parties and other events.