For professional soccer fans all over the country, the off-season is rapidly coming to an end. That’s great news for the community of Columbus, OH. The Columbus Crew of the Major League Soccer (MLS) are set for their home opener to be played on March 22, 2014 at 6 p.m. versus the Philadelphia Union. The match is being played in Crew Stadium with ticket prices ranging from $23-$50. Family Section seats are now available for the 2014 season with special visits to the section from the Crew Cat and the OhioHealth Crew Action Team
New Era Begins for the Crew
The wonderful community of Columbus has always shown great support for their Crew and have been rewarded with several major titles in the past decade including the MLS Cup in 2008. After not qualifying for the MLS playoffs in 2012 and 2013, the Crew will look to get back into the fray under new Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. In 2013, the team saw an increase in fan support as average attendance rose from 14,397 to 16,080 per game. The stadium has a capacity of just over 20,000.
Columbus: A Great Sports Town
If you are a sports fan and looking for the right community to live in, there are few better choices than Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is home to several successful major college and professional sports teams. During the fall season, Ohio State Buckeye football becomes the talk of the town. The team traditionally ranks among the top ten teams in the country and always looking for the national title. Each home game is a unique event for the entire community. If hockey is the preferred sport, Columbus is home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets as well. Supporting a professional hockey team is a great way to spend the winter months. In the spring and summer months, the sports community belongs to the Crew and the triple AAA minor league Columbus Clippers, farm team for MLB’s Cleveland Indians. Columbus is also home to the Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball teams among many other accomplished Buckeye athletic programs.
Living in Columbus
Columbus is the state capital of Ohio. With a population of just over 780,000 people, the city has a very diverse population and economy. According to Forbes, Columbus ranks as one of America’s best cities for business. The city has excellent entertainment, shopping, dining and affordable housing. Most of all, Columbus has a thriving sports scene.