On Thursday, plans were announced for a new Columbus Crew SC stadium near the Arena district.
The planned Confluence Village is planned on 33 hectares west of Huntington Park with 13 hectares for the stadium with 20,000 seats ($ 230,000).
The ground would break in August 2019. Completion is expected in March 2021.
"This is the next step in what some may have thought is an impossible dream," said Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. "Today's announcement demonstrates the commitment of our community in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards families for MLS football in Columbus. The creativity behind this unique public-private partnership brings together a vision for a new stadium with a broader community development plan. Columbus will become the national standard vehicle for what defines the collaboration between professional sports teams and their communities. "
Confluence Village will also comprise 885 residential units with at least 20% affordable units and 270,000 square meters of private business and office space that can accommodate up to 1,300 employees.
On Wednesday, the city announced plans to convert the MAPFRE Stadium, the current home of Crew SC, into the Community Sports Park.
The center for joint use would include an indoor football field and basketball courts, outdoor tournament-level sports fields and multi-generational program sites.
The city also announced that the families of Cleveland Brown's owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Dr. Ing. Peter Edwards worked to complete the team's buyout by the end of the year.
The Edwards and Haslam families said in a joint statement by Columbus Crew SC Efforts:
"We are delighted with the tremendous progress made in this short time to keep the crew in Columbus while creating a long-term plan that will benefit the community. The vision of a community sports park is particularly exciting as the ability to empower the Columbus youth more closely with football and other sports is valuable. We are also looking forward to the robust activities and opportunities of Confluence Village, the latest transformational development in the vibrant district of Arena District. We continue to work on design elements and a neighborhood vision for the future home of the crew. Our goals, along with those of the Columbus Partnership, HNTB and MKSK, are to create community assets that reflect Columbus' unique personality, create a great footballing climate, and provide the community with wonderful opportunities to run the sports complex year-round use in various ways. We are delighted with the joint efforts of Mayor Ginther, city and county leaders, the Columbus Partnership and Major League Soccer. "
"It's important to note that our vision for the new 20,000-seat stadium includes 3,200 backers," said Edwards. "We know that crew fans have taken the lead right from the start to keep the crew in Columbus and you will not be disappointed with the final result."