What to expect from the Crew’s 2024 Theme Nights

Start putting your black and gold lights out and hang your supporter scarves by the chimney with care. Crewsmas is coming and with that, another season to dream about more hardware.

Beginning with Crewsmas – the season opener on Feb. 24 against Atlanta United FC – the reigning MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew will have another stacked slate of must-see matches at Lower.com Field. While there will be plenty of goals – and drama – there will also be some pretty sweet themes.

Get ready to mark your calendars because the Crew’s 2024 Theme Night Calendar just dropped. Here’s what you can expect at the home of the league champs:

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Feb. 24 | Crewsmas & 2023 Championship Celebration

Atlanta United FC (2 p.m. kickoff)

Will Frankie Hejduk go down the Crew’s gold smokestack and bring supporters presents? Uh, stay tuned! But even if he doesn’t, Crewsmas promises to bring treats to good girls and boys. All fans in attendance will receive a Crew winter beanie courtesy of Nationwide. Plus, the 2023 MLS Cup Champions installation with be unveiled on the façade of the stadium, and the team will receive its championship rings.

The afternoon will be packed with action as the Black & Gold kick off their 2024 league campaign against an Atlanta side it faced in last season’s MLS Cup Playoffs. Let’s send them home with another loss.

March 9 | Star Wars Night

Chicago Fire FC (7:30 p.m.)

We won’t be in a galaxy far, far away, but fear not, we’ll still be among the cosmos for Star Wars Night. Of course, by stars, we mean Cucho Hernández, Diego Rossi, Darlington Nagbe and company. NO LIGHTSABERS, so you can stop thinking about that now. But as a reminder, this is arch rival Chicago visiting after all, so, Chewbacca sounds are appreciated and supported when the Fire is in possession.

April 6 | Youth Soccer Night, presented by Pathways Financial Credit Union

DC United (7:30 p.m.)

Remember last season in the MLS Cup Playoffs when tifos hung in The Nordecke reminding players why they fell in love with the game in the first place? Well, think of Youth Soccer Night as a similar two-hour celebration. Plus, this is the great appetizer for the chicos before we all get ready to celebrate the looming Solar Eclipse that Monday.

April 20 | 90’s Night, presented by Zenni Optical 

Portland Timbers (7:30 p.m.)

If Green Day is on tour for “Dookie,” then yeah, we’re talking about a bygone era. That doesn’t mean it won’t be celebrated, though. Swifties can swap their eras for an OG one that featured angsty grunge, the Golden Age of Hip Hop and the days when Crew Cat was still just a lil kitten. Just like last year, don’t forget to leave the TV on so the VCR tapes the game.

April 27 | On Our Sleeves, presented by Nationwide Children’s Hospital

CF Montréal (7:30 p.m.)

This match highlights Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves movement. Throughout the day, the Crew, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide and Crew supporters will help break stigmas around children’s mental health, as well as raise funds in support of the cause.

May 11 | Hell is Real, presented by Tipico Sportsbook

FC Cincinnati (7:30)

Hell’s been kinda real for our friends down south. The Black & Gold came back from 2-0 down to win the Eastern Conference championship at TQL Stadium last season, and the Crew is unbeaten against FCC in Columbus. Let’s keep the tradition going. This game is scheduled a little earlier than normal in Columbus, but we promise it’ll pack the same spice and sizzle.

May 29 | Champion Columbus, presented by FCBank

New England Revolution (7:30)

Yes, the Columbus Crew is the MLS Cup champion and that should and will be celebrated. But our home in Central Ohio is truly an awesome place that shouldn’t be taken for granted. This match is all about paying homage to our roots and where we work, live and play.

June 1 | Soccer For All, presented by Chase

Seattle Sounders FC (7:30)

Soccer For All isn’t just a saying – it’s a call to action and reminder that the everyone is welcome to enjoy the beautiful game, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. This matchup with Seattle will be all about highlighting and promoting equity and inclusivity via the beautiful game.

June 22 | Legacy Night, presented by OhioHealth

Sporting Kansas City (7:30)

The last time the Crew hosted a Legacy Night, it led to a league championship. So, guess what returns in 2024? The Black & Gold have an established legacy, and this evening will highlight classic moments across the Club’s colorful history. It’s beautiful to think this is just the beginning for our Club, but we’ve already had so many amazing memories.

July 3 | Military Appreciation Night, presented by AEP

Nashville SC (7:30)

Just in time for Independence Day, the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night will be an evening focused on saluting our veterans and their families as well as those currently serving our country.

July 6 | Mascot Night 

Toronto FC (7:30)

Who decided to make Mascot Night on one of the presumed hottest days of the summer? This writer’s not sure, but not complaining! Crew Cat already got some love earlier, but it seems fitting for some attention during Mascot Night, too, as local mascots will join us at Lower.com Field for a Trillium Cup rivalry match.

July 17 | Post-match Fireworks, presented by Lower.com

Charlotte FC (7:30)

July is known for shooting off fireworks, right? Well, just because we’re beyond Independence Day doesn’t mean it’s too late for some red, white and boom. One week before Columbus hosts the 2024 MLS All-Star Game at Lower.com Field, fans will be treated to an evening of fireworks following the Crew’s match with Charlotte FC.

Aug. 31 | Kick Childhood Cancer, presented by Vertiv

New York City FC (7:30)

Kick Childhood Cancer Night is the night we celebrate the little heroes in our community who are battling or have battled cancer. While we fight to find cures, this evening is about sharing more information about childhood cancer awareness.

Sept. 21 | Latino Celebration, presented by Sherwin-Williams

Orlando City SC (7:30)

Our surrounding community houses an eclectic Hispanic community that’s represented by our star players from across North, Central and South America. This early autumn clash promises to be a fiesta, as the Crew face an Orlando City side that it beat in the playoffs last year in the Sunshine State. We didn’t forget it, so they probably haven’t, either.

Oct. 5 | Fan Appreciation Night, presented by EASE Logistics 

Philadelphia Union (7:30)

The Crew’s penultimate regular-season match is the team’s home finale, so it’s only right we that the Black & Gold celebrate the fans for their support all season long. Perhaps a surprise or two waits for you, so you better get a seat to send the boys off before the postseason kicks off a few weeks later.

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