Anthony Precourt Now Has Everything He Says He Needs To Stay In Columbus … Why Is Austin Still On The Table?

The stalemate between Anthony Precourt, the MLS, and the City of Columbus grows every day.

Mayor Andrew Ginther released the following statement via Columbus.gov today in regards to the ongoing negotiations (or lack thereof) to keep Columbus Crew SC here in the capital city.

via Columbus.gov

According to Mayor Ginther, the city has tried their best to come up with realistic solutions for Major League Soccer and Anthony Precourt.

In a letter addressed to Anthony Precourt and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, the mayor outlines three potential options for a new stadium. The three locations:

  • Berliner Park: The city already owns more than 200 acres on the southwest dis of the city. There is easy access to I-71 and the location is mere minutes from Downtown. It also just happens to be close to my house in German Village, not that that matters to anyone except me. There could also be a waterfront stadium at this location.
  • Dodge Recreation Center: There are 16 acres of property at Dodge Recreation Center in Franklinton. It’s got good access to the freeway and it’s in a neighborhood that is growing, and it’s just a stone’s throw from Downtown Columbus.
  • Redevelopment of Ohio Expo Center and State Fair: The Mayor also brings up the option of working with the State of Ohio to make the area around the current stadium cooler. We could build a “world-class soccer stadium” on the existing site, as well as make it more walkable and easier to get to for fans.
  • This is the first time that these specific areas have been publicly mentioned as potential new stadium locations.

    In addition to the stadium locations, the letter also mentions potential ownership options, including a 50/50 ownership between local businesses and Precourt, Crowdfunding and shared ownership, as well as investment from “strategic partners”.

    via Columbus.gov

    The letter closes with a request that Garber and Precourt agree to work exclusively with Columbus, essentially taking relocation to Austin out the equation.

    “None of the above is achievable if we continue to be pitted against another city. We ask you to reconsider working exclusively and collaboratively with us to advance our mutual interest.

    As we have said before, Columbus stands ready, willing and able to make the city a successful venue for the Crew SC.”

    Your move, Precourt.

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