Friday, 17 August, 2018

Columbus Crew could leave OH for Texas

Jacob Langston Jacob Langston
Freda Brock | 17 October, 2017, 20:54

Crew chairman Anthony Precourt said the venue switch was being considered as the team's "current course is not sustainable".

"Despite all the efforts to move the needle beyond on-the-field success, our business is struggling to keep pace with the rising standards of major league soccer", Precourt said in a conference call with reporters.

Columbus Crew SC has recognized its growing disparity in attendance and corporate support compared to its MLS peers and other midsize markets, such as Kansas City, Orlando, Portland and Salt Lake City. He dispelled rumors that the team has an agreement to play temporarily at the University of Texas stadium in 2019 while a new stadium is built.

The investor/operator of the Columbus Crew SC is considering relocating the team to Austin, Texas unless the city of Columbus can come up with a plan for a new downtown stadium, sources confirmed to ESPN FC.

Austin is the largest market in North America without a major league sports franchise, and the city is receptive.

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The Crew is 20th in attendance this season out of 22 MLS teams with an average of 15,439, despite making the playoffs. It hopes to have a new stadium built in Austin in 2021.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed support for the possible move to Austin in a statement.

Precourt Sports Ventures has been in communication with city and community leaders in Columbus regarding its concerns since early 2016.

MLS commissioner Don Garber, who visited Cincinnati a year ago as part of the shakedown effort there, said via a statement he supports Precourt's exploration of his options as far as moving the Crew. A spokesperson for the relocation effort said Tuesday morning that public funding would not be sought for a stadium. "Those conversations turned up the fact that ownership had been in extensive conversations over the last number of months with leaders in Austin about a possible new stadium and moving the team there".

NOTE: Please be aware that you will need an active Bet365 account to watch New York City FC v Columbus Crew in USA MLS. It could move to Austin in 2019, with initial games played at a temporary facility.

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