O’Grady, McCullers and Hunt agreed that any new facility for the Crew would likely have to be financed with a public-private partnership. The Crew has explored “every possible site in the city and a bunch that aren’t” for a new training facility or stadium, McCullers said. Hilliard, two sites in Delaware County, Cooper Stadium and other parcels of land have been considered for a training facility and, potentially, an adjacent stadium.
Are you at the point where you are simply waiting on some help from local business and political leaders to help with some of the facility improvements you would like to see?
“I wouldn’t say we’re waiting on it. That’s something that’s very important for us to cultivate. Ultimately, sports franchises belong to the communities they play in. From a fan standpoint, a corporate standpoint, a political standpoint, we need people to understand our value to the city. We haven’t yet gone throughout the difficult process of building a publicly-supported facility. That’s probably something the franchise is going to need to stay in Columbus. That’s our home, but at some point in the future we’ll have to cross that bridge.”