COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today released information on several matchday promotions set to take place during the 2018 Major League Soccer regular season at MAPFRE Stadium. This year is set to feature new theme nights which include Superhero Night, Star Wars Night and Zoo Night.
In 2018, the popular Half Price Night promotion returns three times. On those evenings, supporters can enjoy half-off select beers (for supporters ages 21-and-over) Pepsi products, brats and pretzels through the 15th minute. This offer will be available at all permanent concession stands on April 21 against the New England Revolution, on July 21 for Military Appreciation Night against Orlando City SC and on September 22 for Hispanic Heritage Night against the Colorado Rapids.
On March 10, following the match against the Montreal Impact at MAPFRE Stadium, supporters in attendance will receive a 2018 Crew SC Schedule Magnet provided by Kahiki. Happy Hour – featuring select alcoholic beverages at a discounted price for supporters who are 21 years of age or older – will also be returning on March 24 against D.C. United, on April 28 for Superhero Night against the San Jose Earthquakes, on May 12, presented by Kahiki, for Pups at the Pitch Night against the Chicago Fire; on June 13 for Star Wars Night against Atlanta United FC; and on September 29 against the Philadelphia Union.
On March 31 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MAPFRE Stadium will host a Food & Craft Beer Fest, in which those in attendance will be able to sample 10 craft beer or food tastings from city-wide food trucks & Official Crew SC Beer Partners. There will also be a Craft Beer Fest on September 1 against New York City FC, which will allow supporters to sample 10 craft beer tastings from a variety of Official Crew SC Beer Partners. On June 2 in the Trillium Cup finale against Toronto FC, presented by Acura, Post-Match Penalty Kicks return, allowing kids 14 and under with a match ticket to participate in post-match penalty kicks. June 30 sees the return of Fireworks presented by MAPFRE Insurance, with a fireworks display taking place following the match against Real Salt Lake.
On August 11, animals from the Columbus Zoo visit MAPFRE Stadium for Zoo Night and a mascot game will be played at halftime. Supporters will be able to see the animals on the plaza prior to the match against the Houston Dynamo. Crew SC and MAPFRE Stadium will also host Trick or Treat night ahead of Crew SC’s Decision Day match against Minnesota United on October 28. Supporters are able to wear their Halloween costumes and trick or treat in the plaza before kickoff, but masks continue to be prohibited in accordance with MAPFRE Stadium policy.
On September 29, when the Black & Gold host the Philadelphia Union, Crew SC will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 MLS Cup and 2008 Supporters’ Shield. More details will be made available in the future.
New this year, the Bud & Brat Pack will be available on March 24, June 30 and September 22. This new promotion includes two tickets, two bratwursts and two Budweiser or Bud Light beers. Among the ticket packages that return in 2018 is the Dispatch Family Pack – four tickets, four Pepsi products, four hot dogs and four boxes of popcorn – which will be available during the matches on March 31, April 21, May 12, June 9, August 11 and September 29. The Middle West Spirits Pack returns on April 21 and includes a party suite ticket, OYO cocktails and light snacks. Papa John’s Family Pack – four tickets, four Papa John’s pizzas and four Pepsi products – also returns this year and will be available on March 31, June 2, July 21 and September 1. In addition to the promotions and ticket bundles, Season Ticket Members will also have new matchday benefits that will be announced in the near future.
Gates to the plaza on the south end of MAPFRE Stadium and the seating bowl will continue to open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Concessions, food trucks, live music and partnership activation on the plaza, the Upper 90 Lounge are all slated to be open to all supporters beginning 90 minutes prior to match kickoff. Pre-match warm-ups will continue to begin roughly 40 minutes before kickoff.
As a reminder to all supporters attending a soccer match at MAPFRE Stadium this season, recently, MAPFRE Stadium announced a policy change for 2018 as a result of MAPFRE Stadium’s effort to increase security levels and improve the matchday experience for supporters. Specifically, beginning with the SheBelieves Cup doubleheader on Thursday, March 1, Crew SC has implemented a new “No Bag” policy for soccer matches, which includes 2018 Crew SC matches. Bags larger than 5-by-8-by-1-inches will not be allowed at soccer matches held at MAPFRE Stadium. The measure will not only enhance security for the venue, but will also expedite lines in an effort to maximize the supporter experience for soccer events at MAPFRE Stadium. The policy places MAPFRE Stadium in line with a similar “No Bag” policy used at Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
The “No Bag” policy does include an exception: guests with medical or childcare needs will be permitted to carry a single bag into MAPFRE Stadium. In order to expedite entry, those needing to bring a handbag for medical or childcare needs should contact our supporter services at 614-447-4169 or TicketOffice@ColumbusCrewSC.com in advance of the match for further instructions.
All items and individuals entering MAPFRE Stadium are subject to inspection. Supporters may visit http://MAPFREStadium.com/stadium-info for additional information on permissible items and other MAPFRE Stadium policies. All bags, 5-by-8-by-1-inches or exempt, will still be searched. For non-soccer events at the venue, MAPFRE Stadium policies – including the “No Bag” policy – are subject to change.
In addition to all 2018 promotional offers going on sale today, single-match tickets for available sections at Black & Gold regular-season home matches are now on sale to the general public. Tickets are available through ColumbusCrewSC.com, by calling a Crew SC ticket representative at 614-447-2739 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com. More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2018 season at MAPFRE Stadium is available here.
Under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, Crew SC’s preseason continues this week. From now until February 25, the club will be in Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup. More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2018 season at MAPFRE Stadium can be found here.
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