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Plans unveiled for new Columbus Crew stadium

Major League Soccer (MLS) team Columbus Crew have revealed plans for a new stadium in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The planned $230 million, 20,000-capacity stadium is proposed to be part of a 33-acre site with a riverfront park, 885 new residences and more.

Plans were unveiled as the potential new ownership group, led by Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, works toward taking over a franchise that appeared set on leaving town earlier this year.

Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership said:

This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream. This 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.

According to Columbus Business First, the ownership group will be investing more than $645 million into the project.

Mapfre Stadium, the club’s current home, would be remodeled into a practice facility with a community sports park built around it.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said:

To ensure the long-term success of Crew SC, and for the Club to remain in Columbus, a critical component of our discussions has been plans for a new stadium, as well as increased fan and corporate support,” in a statement. “We hope to see these essential elements finalised soon.