Here is one rendering of the new Columbus stadium. (Photo courtesy of Crew SC)
COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC Tuesday unveiled renderings for its new 20,000 seat downtown stadium.
The venue will sit in the heart of the Arena District in downtown Columbus. In addition to serving as Crew SC’s new home, the stadium is set to include the first supporters’ beer garden in Major League Soccer and a brew hall that will be open on non-matchdays.
Beyond the stadium, the project includes a 40,000-square feet outdoor plaza that will be open to the public on matchdays and non-event days.
“Our goal is for Crew SC’s new downtown stadium to be among the top sports facilities in the nation,” Crew SC president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “We see our new home as becoming an integral part of Columbus’ downtown. Because of this, we are building a modern facility that is rooted in the culture created by our supporters in order to provide an experience that champions soccer in Columbus. The investments and input from The Haslam and Edwards Families have helped shape renderings for a stadium that will become a modern icon in our region and across the country.”
The stadium will include a steep seating bowl, designed to put Black & Gold supporters close to the action and provide the best experience for supporters. Similarly, the stadium’s wrap-around roof will provide protection over each stand and amplify the noise back to the pitch, helping enhance the matchday atmosphere.
Crew SC’s new home will be divided into four stands, each of which will have its own identity and design that reflects the vibrancy and diversity of Columbus’ urban neighborhoods. The stands will feature diverse seating and social amenities to enhance the supporters’ experience:
* The stadium’s West stand will be near the player tunnel and feature player seating, player box seats, pitch side club seats, concourse club seats and a lounge, and a suite level with unique “ledge seats” cantilevered in front of suites.
* The East stand will include field suites and a lounge, a concourse club, reserved seating, and an upper stand with general admission seating featuring elevated concourse with views to downtown
* The North stand will consist of the new Nordecke supporter section – inspired by the current location of the Nordecke, an integrated tifo rigging system, capo stands, two patio decks and the Nordecke Beer Garden – the first beer garden in MLS.
* The South stand will be near a videoboard, including a lower and upper bowl with general seating and a bar overlooking Nationwide Boulevard, and include a brew hall – a 5,000 square feet soccer pub with open views to the entrance plaza and downtown that will be open on non-matchdays to support a variety of local community events.
The stadium is also set to feature an open 360-degree concourse which will enhance fan experience by maintaining views to the field from the concourse, connecting the Nordecke Beer Garden in the north, the feature bars in the south, and the public plaza in the southeast. The concourse is designed to also support activation for non-soccer events during non-match days.