EVENT DETAILS: Downtown Stadium Groundbreaking Ceremony



  • General Admission Parking
    • Free general admission parking will be available in the GA Parking Lot.
  • Paid & Pre-Pay Parking
    • $5 Paid Parking is available in the Neil Ave. & McConnell Garages.
    • Attendees can pre-pay and reserve a parking garage spot in advance. Visit arenadistrictparking.com to select your parking spot by date and location. Do not pull a ticket if you pre-pay, you will simply scan your permit upon entering and exiting the garage.
  • Bicycle & Scooter Parking
    • For those riding to the event, parking for bicycles & scooters will be available at the corner of Nationwide Blvd. & Hocking Street. Bike parking will be valeted by Yay Bikes!, a local nonprofit.
    • A CoGo Bike Share Station is located nearby at the intersection of Neil Ave. & Nationwide Blvd.
  • Rideshare
    • Rideshare drop-off will be located at the corner of W. Spring Street & Hanover Street.
  • COTA Bus
    • There are two recommended bus stops within easy walking distance of the stadium site.
      • Neil Ave. & Broadbelt Lane
        • Stop ID: 5914
        • Bus Lines Serviced: #3 & #8
        • Schedule
      • Nationwide Blvd. & McConnell Blvd.
        • Stop IDs: 7083 & 7084
        • Bus Lines Serviced: #3 & #8
        • Schedule


  • 1:00 p.m. ET: The event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy drinks, food trucks, music, and giveaways prior to the start of the event.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET: Pre-show live stream with Neil Sika commences on ColumbusCrewSC.com & Club's social media channels.  
  • 2:00 p.m. ET: Event officially begins with various speakers kicking off the ceremony. List of speakers includes:
    • Kyle Martino (emcee)
    • MLS Commissioner Don Garber
    • Mayor Andrew Ginther
    • County Commissioner Marilyn Brown
    • Lt. Governor Jon Husted
    • Investor-Operator Pete Edwards
    • Investor-Operator Dee Haslam
  • 4:00 p.m. ET: Event concludes


  • Additional Activities
    • Commemorative mini-shovels available to first 500 attendees
    • DJ Axcess
    • Crew Cat & S.C. on-site
    • Groundbreaking photo opportunity booth with large commemorative shovels
    • Live stream pre-show with host Neil Sika and special guests
    • Exclusive groundbreaking merchandise available
Commemorative mini-shovels will be given to the first 500 attendees.
  • Food Trucks
    • Pitabilities
    • Jimmy's Iron Grill
    • Dirty Franks
    • Complimentary scoops from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
  • Drinks
    • Complimentary water & Pepsi products
    • Canned Beer ($5 - benefits go to the Crew Soccer Foundation)
      • Land-Grant Brewing Concentrate Hazy IPA & Quadrahopic IPA
      • Platform Beer Co. Rosellini
      • Bud Light


  • Aerosol cans or pressurized containers
  • Air horns
  • Glass bottles
  • Selfie sticks
  • Remote-controlled aircraft or unmanned aircraft systems (drones)
  • Weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, knives, pepper spray, stun guns, concealed weapons and firearms (regardless of concealed carry permit)
  • Food or beverage of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or harmful chemicals
  • Laser pointers
  • Fireworks of any kind including, but not limited to, flares, smoke bombs, incendiary devices, and pyrotechnics.
  • Video cameras
  • Whistles
  • Hover-boards
  • Camelbacks
  • Any item that can be used as a projectile or deemed as dangerous
  • Note: There will be no "Bag Policy" restrictions for this event

INAUGURAL STADIUM KIT: Purchase an authentic Inaugural Stadium Kit online or pick it up in-person at the Historic Crew Stadium!