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Old February 1st, 2016, 06:08 AM   #1
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COLUMBUS - Mapfre Stadium (20,145)

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Old October 17th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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Old October 17th, 2016, 11:56 PM   #3
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Mapfre Stadium’s days could be numbered.

Columbus Crew SC is looking into building a new home to replace the roughly 20,000-seat stadium it opened in 1999 as Major League Soccer’s first soccer-specific stadium.

The club has hired Barrett Sports Group LLC, a sports management consulting firm in Manhattan Beach, California, to “evaluate the potential demand for a new multipurpose soccer stadium in Columbus,” it told fans in an email Monday.

“BSG has conducted similar studies in major markets throughout the country,” the email said. “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.”

Crew SC said the survey, available here, is intended to help the club understand fans' “opinion and potential interest in the project.”

Crew SC spokesman Tim Miller confirmed the hiring of Barrett for the study, but declined to elaborate. He would not say how long the evaluation is expected to take.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 02:58 AM   #4
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The stadium isn't that far out from the city. 8 miles from the look of it. Sure, it could be closer, but it could be a lot worse, too. Mapfre is so bare bones that you can really do quite a lot to it from the look of things. You could even demolish and rebuild.

What complaints do fans or management have about the current stadium/location?
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That's the problem with being the first. On another forum I visit, people constantly question if Camden Yards in Baltimore needs to be replaced. It's just a matter of some amenities weren't invented or cared about yet, so these older stadiums are missing 1 or 2 cooler features.

Bottom line is they got this place for cheap and unless the location is the issue, I think they can fix it up pretty cheap tool
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Old October 18th, 2016, 10:51 PM   #6
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Agreed. Unless the location is a serious issue I see no reason they can't redo this venue one or two stands at a time. Might even be able to do the first one in one off season so as to minimize disruption.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 04:35 AM   #7
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Man, life spans of US sports facilities are getting awfully short this half century.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #8
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That's because the home viewing experience and fan demands have changed dramatically in that time span. Think of how much has evolved thanks to mass media and electronics: Cell phones, wi-fi, mobile web platforms, ribbon boards now the norm, HUGE jumbotrons, overhead cams, paying/tickets by phone... The shift in utility loading alone is 100% different.

Blessedly MLS has gone from where they have a demand for more than simply a minimalist stadium.
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I think it's almost always because people guessed wrong about the best long term location.

As a history teacher we talk about "white flight" in U.S. history where many of the affluent families left the downtown areas of major cities for the distant suburbs after WW2. When they left so did sports stadiums and arenas. It's only been since the mid 90s that people have realized that downtown locations are ideal again. It's usually because people who still live in suburbs will walk from their work to games, but won't stop anywhere after the long drive back to suburbia.

It happens. Sometimes you guess wrong then you have to fix some stadiums and arenas but not others. Just wish it wasn't at tax payers expense these days.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 05:47 PM   #10
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Soccer to me is the only American sport that seems to be non-stop. Even basketball has time outs and commercials.
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Old October 20th, 2016, 06:20 PM   #11
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Hopefully they just Build a brand New Stadium. The days of glorified high school football fields being called stadiums in the MLS are over. Also, for the love of god PLEASE do NOT build a stadium with a "built in" concert stage. Its tacky and horrible for the atmosphere in the stadium when you lose seating so close to the action like that.
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Old October 20th, 2016, 10:11 PM   #12
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If they just HAVE to build a new stadium (instead of, you know, renovating it), at least keep it around for high schools.

I don't know if that's what they do in Ohio, but you'll see at least 3 of those per metro area in Texas.
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I agree football in ohio is pretty big, use it for big hs games
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Soccer to me is the only American sport that seems to be non-stop. Even basketball has time outs and commercials.
Tell me about it. NASCAR and IndyCar has commercials (even if they have a live look-in during the ads). Golf have commercials. NCAA sports have commercials. Even NBC's Olympics have commercials. You think the FCC would step in and cut the fat.
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Columbus Crew SC reportedly set to move barring new stadium deal

https://www.massivereport.com/2017/10/16/16487076/columbus-crew-sc-reportedly-set-to-move-barring-new-downtown-stadium

So the Crew are saying they will move to Austin, TX if a new downtown stadium can't be reached. Any idea where they would put the stadium if they reach a deal?

I've looked around and there is a little land by Huntington Park (the baseball stadium) but it seems like it's already being developed from Google maps.
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Precourt Sports Ventures Considering Relocation of Columbus Crew Soccer Club

Securing Stadium Location Is Key to Decision

COLUMBUS – Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV), owner of Columbus Crew SC since 2013, announced today that it is exploring strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the Club, including remaining in Columbus at a new stadium or potentially relocating the Club to the city of Austin, Texas.

Columbus Crew SC was the first charter granted in Major League Soccer in 1996. Columbus Crew SC has recognized its growing disparity in attendance and corporate support compared to its MLS peers and other midsize markets, such as Kansas City, Orlando, Portland and Salt Lake City.

“Despite our investments and efforts, the current course is not sustainable,” Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures and chairman of Columbus Crew SC, said. “This Club has ambition to be a standard bearer in MLS, therefore we have no choice but to expand and explore all of our options. This includes a possible move to Austin, which is the largest metropolitan area in North America without a major league sports franchise. Soccer is the world’s game, and with Austin’s growing presence as an international city, combined with its strong multicultural foundation, MLS in Austin could be an ideal fit."

“As attendance League-wide continues to grow on a record-setting pace, and markets across the country seek to join MLS, Columbus’ situation is particularly concerning,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “Despite PSV’s significant investments and improvements on and off the field, Columbus Crew SC is near the bottom of the League in all business metrics and the Club’s stadium is no longer competitive with other venues across MLS. The League is very reluctant to allow teams to relocate, but based on these factors, we support PSV’s efforts to explore options outside of Columbus, including Austin, provided they find a suitable stadium location.”

Precourt Sports Ventures has been in communication with city and community leaders in Columbus regarding its concerns since early 2016.

Recently, in September 2017, Precourt Sports Ventures joined a forum of Columbus leaders to outline the Club’s specific challenges and to discuss the organization’s intent to explore strategic options for the future.

In evaluating Austin, as with any new MLS market, a critical component is the stadium plan. Without an MLS-approved site, Precourt said the Austin move would not be viable.

Studies and league data show that MLS clubs are most relevant and successful when playing at a downtown stadium location or at a site that is a destination for the entire community.

“The stadium site itself is of paramount importance and we recognize that private funding will be key in any stadium solution,” Precourt said.
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From Austin Mayor to AP: MLS would be huge success in Austin and Crew would enjoy support. No public funding of a stadium.
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So the Crew are saying they will move to Austin, TX if a new downtown stadium can't be reached. Any idea where they would put the stadium if they reach a deal?

I've looked around and there is a little land by Huntington Park (the baseball stadium) but it seems like it's already being developed from Google maps.
The most likely temporary option would be Myers Stadium where UT men’s soccer plays, which has a capacity of 20,000. Royal Stadium houses UT men’s football but is far too large with a capacity of 100,000. MLS hasn’t had the best history when it comes to large college football stadiums.

Everything else in town would be a high school stadium and the optics would be terrible for MLS. The planned USL stadium would be far too small as planned. Even if MLS took over that project and expanded it, it’s much farther from Austin’s core than Mapfre Stadium is from Columbus’ core.
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