Columbus Crew SC, the Major League Soccer team that has operated in Columbus since 1996, has retained Barrett Sports Group, LLC, a nationally recognized sports management consulting firm, to evaluate the potential demand for a new multi-purpose soccer stadium in Columbus. BSG has conducted similar studies in major markets throughout the country. As you may know, MAPFRE Stadium is the oldest soccer stadium in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is in the preliminary stages of assessing the potential demand for the development of a new stadium in Columbus.
The survey is just one step in a 100-step process, Precourt said, but it’s not one that will likely lead the Crew out of town. The mention of the team potentially moving didn’t sit well with its leader.
“I don’t really have a comment on that,” he said. “I’ve shown my commitment to Columbus. We wore the city’s colors this year on the pitch. We put Columbus back in our badge. I’m tired of the insecurities. We’re playing for Columbus.”
Also important: “The Crew reported a single-season attendance record, and Precourt said season-ticket numbers continue to climb.”