Columbus’ Major League Soccer team could join the baseball and hockey venues downtown in a plan unveiled today by the investor group prepared to buy the Columbus Crew SC franchise.
The investor group, led by Pete Edwards, and Dee and Jimmy Haslam announced they are committing $230 million to build the 430,000 square foot, 20,000 seat stadium. It will be built on land now owned by Nationwide Realty on the west end of the Arena District, home to Huntington Ball Park and Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Partnership says the new soccer stadium will anchor the development of "Confluence Village", featuring office space, commercial space, and over 885 residential units.
The announcement is part of a public-private partnership that has been working to keep Crew SC in Columbus, after owner Anthony Precourt announced plans last year to take the team to Austin, Texas. Wednesday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the city’s plans to convert the Crew’s current home into a community sports park, with multiple fields and courts and public programming. Today’s announcement comes as the investors and the Columbus Partnership work out the details of the team’s purchase by the League’s December 31rst deadline. The investors are working with the city and county to also finalize details about the sale, the new stadium, and the re-use of Mapfre Stadium near the fairgrounds.
There will be a public hearing on the proposal at 6 this evening in City Council Chambers.