Live stream begins at 10:00 a.m. ET
Columbus Crew SC today announced that it will make a historic club announcement on Tuesday, revealing a stadium naming rights partnership for its venue, the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States, built in 1999. The monumental press conference ceremony, which highlights a venue name change, features Columbus Crew SC Investor-Operator and Chairman Anthony Precourt and President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane, and is set to take place at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3 at the stadium. The event will be carried live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Ohio and also be streamed on ColumbusCrewSC.com.
The home of the Black & Gold is the first ever soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer. It opened its doors on May 15, 1999 to a sellout crowd for a match against the New England Revolution. It has hosted numerous national and international events: eight U.S. Soccer FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – specifically four consecutive “Dos a Cero” victories for the U.S. over Mexico (2001, 2005, 2009, 2013) – FIFA Women's World Cup matches and a number of concerts, including the annual three-day festival Rock on the Range, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. In 2008, the venue added a permanent stage in the North End, allowing for up to 35,000 supporters to take in concerts and other marquee events.
2015 is Crew SC's 17th season at its first-of-its-kind home. Following the trip to Houston to face the Dynamo on March 7 to open the campaign, Crew SC's home schedule begins with a showdown against Toronto FC on March 14. The Black & Gold enter the upcoming season unbeaten in their last 10 Opening Matches (5-0-5) at home dating back to 2005.