Columbus Crew stadium rendering

A rendering of what the stadium could look like.

Columbus Crew Soccer Club will break ground on its new downtown stadium at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the site, 650 West Nationwide Blvd. in Columbus.

Speakers for the ceremony include Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, Crew SC Investor-Operators Dee Haslam and Pete Edwards, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

Plans for the stadium include 20,000 seats, the first supporters’ beer garden in Major League Soccer and a brew hall that will be open on non-match days. The project also includes a 40,000 square foot outdoor plaza which will be open to the public on match days and non-event days, according to a news release.

“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, in the release. “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 groundbreaking will be emceed by former Crew player Kyle Martino and music from DJ AXCESS will be played. Additionally, food trucks will offer food for purchase starting at 1 p.m.

The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public and RSVPs are requested to bit.ly/30VyjvQ. The first 500 supporters in attendance will receive a commemorative groundbreaking mini-shovel.

It will also be livestreamed at columbuscrewsc.com.

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