Crew plans to start stadium construction this summer

Crew plans to start stadium construction this summer
Dee Haslam, a member of the ownership group for Columbus Crew SC, gestures to the crowd after receiving a club scarf from fellow owner-operator Pete Edwards, second from left, during an introductory press conferenc in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Incoming Columbus Crew owner Dee Haslam says the team plans to start construction of a million downtown stadium this summer.

The Crew were in danger of being moved to Austin, Texas, before an agreement announced last month that has Precourt Sports Ventures selling the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam — the owners of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns — and Peter Edwards, the Crew’s former team physician.

Dee Haslam said Wednesday plans are moving quickly to close the sale. PSV intends to own a new team in Austin.

Mapfre Stadium, which is north of downtown, will be converted to a training facility and community sports park. It has been the Crew’s home since 1999.

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