UPDATE (7/10/2019) — Since the approval of the Crew’s downtown stadium, we’ve had a flurry of news for the soccer club. The latest is that the team will be partnering with IBM iX for some in-stadium goodies.
IBM will provide some features that are meant to provide casual fans with a great experience at the stadium.
From the Dispatch’s Jacob Myers:
It’s why the Crew announced Wednesday that it’s partnering with IBM iX technology to help personalize the fan experience for maximum impact on not just the season-ticket holders, but the casual fans that might attend one game a year at the new 20,000-seat, 430,000-square foot stadium set to open no earlier than July 2021.
IBM iX also partnered with Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons in the development of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Los Angeles FC when developing the fan experience at Banc of California Stadium, which are two of the most revered soccer experiences in Major League Soccer.Columbus Dispatch
We might have a long way to go before we get to see the stadium in action, but at least we know we’ve got something good to look forward to. Think of it this way: It wasn’t that long ago that we were all fighting just to keep the Crew in Columbus at all.
UPDATE: The plan was approved by Columbus City Council, which includes $140 million in funding from Crew SC Stadium Company and $140 million from Franklin county for a new stadium in downtown Columbus.
In other words, the Columbus Crew will have a new home soon! According to 10TV.com, the stadium should be nearing completion in 2021.
Tonight, Columbus City Council will be deciding on something that’ll make big waves in the Columbus scene: The Columbus Crew stadium.
The fate of Mapfre stadium and a Crew FC’s new stadium will be decided tonight. The plans currently are build around a near $300-million development for a downtown stadium and a revamp of Mapfre to be used as a practice facility and public sports park.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
“The city will contribute $50 million toward costs associated with the design and construction of the community sports park; public infrastructure improvements necessary to support the project and the mixed-use development; and other costs of the project, other than stadium costs,” the ordinance states.