- Sale Could Keep Columbus Crew In Ohio, But Austin May Still Get Major League Soccer Team
- MLS: All in place for Austin FC expansion and Columbus Crew protection
- Austin Gets A Major League Soccer Deal While Columbus Gets Stiffed
Sale Could Keep Columbus Crew In Ohio, But Austin May Still Get Major League Soccer Team
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When Columbus Crew fans were making their wish for there was a simple dream: that their team would stay in their city and not move 1, miles south to Austin, Texas. It appears they have their wish. Major League Soccer announced last week that a tentative agreement had been reached with the Haslam and Edwards families to purchase the Crew with the intent of keeping the team in Columbus, Ohio. The announcement settles a saga that dragged on for more than a year , and left a black cloud hanging over the season. While recent months were dominated by rumors over which millionaire or billionaire owner would swoop in to save Crew, the movement to keep the team in Columbus had far more modest beginnings. What initially began as a simple hashtag within the MLS community, SavetheCrew, became a force in the fight against relocation. The initial outlook for the Crew looked grim.
It has enormous energy. It has people who really believe in the city. The move has been long expected as Austin became the target destination for efforts last year to move the Columbus Crew. The Crew instead will stay in Ohio under a new ownership group. The Austin venue will be an open-air facility with a grass playing field on land that has been vacant for 25 years. In Austin, a divided city council argued for months over the stadium deal before it was approved on a narrow vote. MLS has long eyed Austin — although quietly until — as an expansion opportunity.
After a year of uncertainty over whether owner Anthony Precourt would move the Crew from Columbus to Austin, Texas, MLS released a.
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It looks like the Columbus Crew won't be moving from Ohio to Austin after all. I think it was close to a done deal when [a potential move to Austin] was first announced. The team's current investor-operator, Anthony Precourt, has been trying for a year to bring the team to Austin; City Council approved a deal over the summer for a 20,seat stadium near the Domain. This does not mean the story is over for Austin, though. Precourt retains the rights to run a team here starting in or
The league said talks involving M. A potential new ownership group that includes members of the Haslam family, which owns the N. Still, any deal that keeps the Crew in Ohio — even temporarily — is a victory for the so-called Save the Crew movement, a fan-led effort that had spent the last year working to rally fans around the league to their cause. Born in outrage and spread with the help of the social media hashtag SaveTheCrew, the effort had courted allies and investors and even produced renderings of a new downtown stadium in its effort to keep its beloved team. The league had insisted that its preference was to keep the team in Columbus, even as it celebrated success stories like Atlanta United, toured potential expansion cities and awarded teams to Nashville and Cincinnati. Behind the scenes, M. The movement quickly spread to other cities ; in San Jose, one fan set to be honored in an on-field ceremony turned up for it wearing a SaveTheCrew scarf.
MLS: All in place for Austin FC expansion and Columbus Crew protection
November 21, , Pete Edwards. Precourt announced his intentions to move the team to Austin on Oct.
Austin Gets A Major League Soccer Deal While Columbus Gets Stiffed
Austin may get Major League Soccer, but not until the Columbus Crew and their fans get the last word. The stadium is slated to be built on 24 acres of city-owned land that is close enough to both highways and rail service to be considered desirable to the site's developer, Precourt Sports Ventures PSV , despite having a sordid history of industrial contamination. The Council voted in favor of the deal, but the stadium area's council member — Leslie Pool — voted against it. The current deal also gives PSV and the city mutual authority over additional development at the site, which is a check on the city's right to develop its own land and was a make-or-break point in negotiations. This also doesn't take into account that Anthony Precourt, the man behind PSV, is also the owner of the Columbus Crew and has engaged in these negotiations solely to move the team out of Ohio. The Columbus Crew were one of Major League Soccer's first franchises when they were founded in and first played in No, Precourt wanted a stadium in Downtown Columbus , and he wanted public money for it.
Major League Soccer announced Friday that it had reached an agreement to transfer control of the Columbus Crew to a local ownership group that has pledged to keep the team in Ohio. But the new owners have announced plans to build a new stadium for the team, and M. And there you have it: Today, we are proud to announce an achievement many said was unattainable: The Columbus Crew is saved. That effort, fought with banners in the stands, with hashtags online and in public protests in Columbus, quickly won the support of current and former players. But the fan-led effort also smartly engaged with city and state politicians and members of the Columbus business community to find a solution , and that work seemed to have paid off in October, when M.