Crew SC surveying interest in new stadium


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Columbus Crew SC has hired a sports management consulting firm to gauge interest about the possibility of a news multi-purpose soccer stadium in the city.

The franchise sent out a survey to fans via email stating its assessing the potential demand of a new stadium under the guidance of Barrett Sports Group, LLC.

The survey contains dozens of questions to discern people's/company's passion or investment into Crew SC soccer and whether a new stadium would help increase that.

One of the questions asks what level of interest fans would with the the stadium's location. Those spots included:

  • The current one, MAPFRE Stadium
  • Downtown
  • Arena District
  • Short North
  • Brewery District
  • Franklinton
  • Suburban Columbus

The survey also asks for people to assess what would compel them to attend more matches: a new stadium, better surrounding amenities (bars, restaurants, and shops), a better team, adding marquee players or local players, affordable tickets, etc.

It also wants to know if anything currently is keeping fans from attending, like the location, cost, accessibility, parking, and condition of MAPFRE Stadium.

MAPFRE Stadium was the first soccer-specific stadium built in the United State in 1999. Since then, 13 of the other 19 MLS franchises have built soccer-specific stadiums with 10 of those opening in the past decade.

Six franchises have stadiums that serve host to other teams or regular sporting events as well:

  • Yankee Stadium, New York (2009)
  • CenturyLink Stadium, Seattle (2002)
  • Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA (2002)
  • BC Place, Vancouver (1983)
  • RFK Stadium, D.C. (1961)
  • Camping World Stadium, Orlando (1936)

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