Crew SC fans question owner's offer to cancel season tickets amid relocation talk
COLUMBUS, OH (WSYX/WTTE) – If you want your money back, you can have it. Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt is giving season ticket holders the option. However, fans are questioning his motive.
Some fans believe this is another step to get the team out of town, but it’s a fight they won’t be giving up. The "save the Crew" rallying call has become much more than a hashtag. For some, like fan Morgan Hughes, it’s a call to action.
“We’re not going anywhere. This is not over,” Hughes told ABC 6/FOX 28.
The team announced Wednesday afternoon that season ticket holders for the 2018 season can get a refund if they want. Some believe that it is a ploy by team owner Anthony Precourt. They think an empty stadium would give Precourt more leverage to pack up the team and move them to Texas. Precourt released a statement that said in part, “I remain hopeful that our passionate supporters will cheer for the club under these difficult circumstances.”
Those fiercely loyal fans behind the "save the Crew" movement are urging season ticket holders to hold on. In fact, they’re urging people to go out and buy more tickets in an effort to make sure MAPFRE Stadium is packed next season.
“This is a movement full of people that will not stop until the Crew are in Columbus next year, the year beyond, the year beyond that, and so on,” said Hughes.
One thing’s for sure, Crew SC will be playing the 2018 season at MAPFRE Stadium. After that, there are no guarantees. Season ticket holders have until 5pm on Friday November 3rd to make a decision on if they want that refund. Fans told ABC 6/FOX 28 this fight is far from over.