At the Downtown Commission Meeting this morning, Columbus Crew SC released new renderings of the upcoming Arena District stadium. The commission approved the stadium unanimously.
The stadium will be surrounded by a new, mixed-use development called Confluence Village which was approved last month by the commission. The renderings released included not only the stadium but the stadium site and the landscape design.
“Our goal is for Crew SC’s new downtown stadium to be among the top sports facilities in the nation,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We see our new home as becoming an integral part of Columbus’ downtown. Because of this, we are building a modern facility that is rooted in the culture created by our supporters in order to provide an experience that champions soccer in Columbus. The investments and input from The Haslam and Edwards Families have helped shape renderings for a stadium that will become a modern icon in our region and across the country.”
The site includes 3 pieces of ground, the stadium, private development, and a piece north of that. There will be a handful of new roads built around the arena.
The main entry will be on the east side of the arena, along Nationwide Blvd. Streetscaping outside of the arena will be in sync with the rest of the arena district.
The stadium will have a 360 concourse that is specifically designed to be wider than most in the MLS, which will make it the perfect place to host events and guests.
The community plaza area is covered and can be used on non-game days for public use. Approximately 70,000 square feet of the covered exterior concourse will be available to support art displays or food festivals, fairs, flea markets, and many other events. Your Columbus Crew dream wedding isn’t just a dream, folks.
Inside the stadium, a canopy roof will cover all of the seating areas. There will be two levels of seating, including suites and press/media areas. The new Nordecke supporter section will have 3,400 seats and there will be two standing-room-only platforms above.
The new stadium development will include approximately 34,000 square feet of flexible open club lounge space available for community use plus five multi-purpose club lounge areas ranging in size from 5,000-12,000 square feet which will include full-service kitchens, club concessions, and bars and pantry areas.
Additionally, there will be multiple green rooms to support entertainment and four locker room areas available for use by other teams. The field itself will be 100,000 square feet, which can be used for professional, collegiate and high school sporting events, concerts, fashion shows, and other community events.
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