Haslams agree to deal that will keep the Crew in Columbus

Jimmy and Dee Haslam help save the Crew

James Rapien
December 06, 2018 - 1:46 pm

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Cleveland, OH – (92.3 The Fan) Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam will be partial owners of the Columbus Crew.

The partnership will be led by Pete Edwards Junior and the Haslam’s, which will keep the Crew in Columbus.

The Haslams and Edwards Junior issued a joint statement:

“We are thrilled with the tremendous progress that has been achieved in this short period of time to keep the Crew in Columbus while creating a long-term plan that will greatly benefit the community. The vision for a shared community sports park is especially exciting as the opportunity to more deeply engage Columbus youth with soccer and other sports is so valuable. We are also very excited about the robust activities and possibilities for Confluence Village, which will be the latest transformative development in the vibrant Arena District neighborhood. We are continuing to work through design elements and a neighborhood vision for the future home of the Crew. Our goals, along with those of the Columbus Partnership, HNBT and MKSK, are focused on creating a community asset that reflects the unique personality of Columbus, is a terrific soccer environment and creates wonderful opportunities for the community to utilize the sporting complex year-round in a variety of ways. We greatly appreciate the collaborative efforts of Mayor Ginther, City and County leaders, the Columbus Partnership and Major League Soccer.”

The release included plans for a new, 20,000 seat soccer stadium to be built for the Crew. The City of Columbus, the county and the new ownership grip is still working on the details for the sale of the team and the new stadium.

“This is the next step in what some may have thought was an impossible dream,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Today’s announcement showcases our community’s commitment, in partnership with the Haslam and Edwards Families, to MLS soccer in Columbus. The creativity behind this one-of-a-kind public-private partnership brings together a vision for a new stadium with a broader community development plan.”

Word broke about the Haslams attempt to save the Crew in October. Previous owner Anthony Precourt was trying to move the franchise to Austin, Texas.