COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew enters the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during Fourth Round action as the Black & Gold are set to host Indy Eleven (North American Soccer League) on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field on the campus of the University of Akron. General tickets to the match are set to go on sale via Ticketmaster, the University of Akron Ticket Office and the Crew Stadium Ticket Office at 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 4.
Prices for the tournament match range from $12-$20 and group prices start at just $10 for groups of 20 or more. Crew Season Ticket Members have the opportunity to purchase tickets in a special pre-sale, beginning today. Parking for all fans is $5.
The Black & Gold enter in the Fourth Round of the tournament along with the other 15 MLS teams based in the United States. The 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup features 80 teams – an increase from the 68 that competed last year, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present). The expansion from 68 to 80 teams in this year's tournament field includes both the largest number of amateur teams (42) in the tournament proper – exceeding the previous record of 34 set last year – as well as the largest contingent of pro clubs (38, surpassing last year's record of 34), with all Division I, II and III professional sides participating for a third consecutive year. An additional record for the competition saw 24 Second Round matches played, exceeding the previous high of 18 in a single round (2013 First Round).
The Crew was crowned 2002 U.S. Open Cup champion as the Black & Gold defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 to win the club’s first-ever tournament title in front of its home fans at Crew Stadium on October 24, 2002. The Black & Gold also reached the Open Cup Final in the club’s first appearance in the tournament in 1998 and most recently in 2010.