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Historic Crew Stadium

Coordinates: 40°0′34″N 82°59′28″W / 40.00944°N 82.99111°W / 40.00944; -82.99111
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Historic Crew Stadium
Aerial view of the stadium, 2018
Former names
  • Columbus Crew Stadium (1999–2015)
  • Mapfre Stadium (2015–2020)
Address1 Black and Gold Boulevard
LocationColumbus, Ohio
Coordinates40°0′34″N 82°59′28″W / 40.00944°N 82.99111°W / 40.00944; -82.99111
OperatorColumbus Crew
Capacity22,555 (1999–2008)
20,145 (2008–2015)
19,968 (2015–2021)[3]
25,000–30,000 (concerts)
Field size115 × 75 yards
SurfaceKentucky bluegrass (1999–2020)
The Motz Group synthetic turf (2021–present)
Broke groundAugust 14, 1998[1]
OpenedMay 15, 1999
Construction costUS$28.5 million
($52.1 million in 2023 dollars)[2]
Structural engineerKorda/Nemeth Engineering Inc.[1]
General contractorCorna/Kokosing Construction Co.[1]
Columbus Crew 2 (MLS Next Pro) 2022–present
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1999–2021

Historic Crew Stadium, previously known as Columbus Crew Stadium and Mapfre Stadium, is a soccer-specific stadium in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It primarily served as the home stadium of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer from 1999 until 2021, when the team moved to Lower.com Field. Historic Crew Stadium is the current home of the Crew's training facility, the OhioHealth Performance Center and MLS Next Pro team Columbus Crew 2. Historic Crew Stadium is also the site of a variety of additional events in amateur and professional soccer, American football, lacrosse, and rugby, and is a regular site for outdoor concerts due to the permanent stage in the north end zone.

Built in 1999, it was the first soccer-specific stadium built by a Major League Soccer team, starting an important trend in MLS stadium construction. The stadium was named for Madrid-based Mapfre Insurance after the company signed a 5-year sponsorship agreement announced on March 3, 2015. In December 2020, the deal expired and the Crew renamed the stadium.[4] The listed seating capacity is 19,968. In 2015, Mapfre Stadium and Director of Grounds Weston Appelfeller were honored with the prestigious Field of the Year award by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for the professional soccer division.[5]


The Crew played their first three seasons at Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University. During games, large sections of the stadium were blocked off to reduce capacity from approximately 90,000 to 25,243. Although the Crew enjoyed success at Ohio Stadium during their tenure there, the large seating capacity and limitations to the field size made the stadium ill-suited for soccer. Additionally, Ohio Stadium then required rented lights for night matches. These problems, along with planned renovations to Ohio Stadium, which began in 1999, were all factors in the development of Historic Crew Stadium. The construction cost of US$28.5 million was covered entirely with private funds from Crew owner and oil billionaire Lamar Hunt and his Hunt Sports group. It is located on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds, between East 17th Avenue and East Hudson Street. The site was previously home to Columbus Auto Parts, an OEM factory supplying the automobile industry, which stood vacant for decades between the Conrail railroad tracks and Interstate 71 before its demolition in the '90s.[citation needed]

Historic Crew Stadium opened on May 15, 1999, as Columbus Crew Stadium with a match between the home side and the New England Revolution. It is the second soccer-specific stadium built in the country, after Steel Athletic Field was built in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1913, and the first Major League Soccer stadium constructed in the United States. It has been credited with inspiring the wave of construction of soccer-specific stadiums throughout the league. In the 2010 Showcase issue of Stadia Magazine, Ian Nuttall stated "Who'd have thought when it opened in 1999 that Major League Soccer's first purpose-built stadium would kick-start the wave of dedicated soccer-specific stadiums that continue today?"[6] The seating capacity was originally 22,555 until 2008 when construction of a permanent stage in the north end zone reduced seating capacity to 20,455, with room to expand to 30,000 total seats for concerts.[7][8] as of 2023, the seating capacity for a soccer game is 19,968.

After nearly 15 years of the stadium not having a corporate sponsor, the Crew announced naming rights were sold to Madrid-based insurance company Mapfre on March 3, 2015. The team had been searching to sell stadium naming rights since it opened in 1999, but had been unable to come to an agreement.[9][10]


In addition to hosting the Crew home games, Historic Crew Stadium has also hosted other Major League Soccer and professional soccer events. It was the site of the 2001 MLS Cup championship and was the host stadium for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in 2000 and 2005. The stadium also hosted the U.S. Open Cup final on two occasions, in 1999 and 2002.

Both the United States men's and women's national teams have played numerous matches at Historic Crew Stadium, most notably, the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier in February 2001 between the U.S. and Mexico known as La Guerra Fria (The Cold War) due to sub-freezing temperatures. During the 2003 Women's World Cup, the stadium was one of the venues used during the group stage of the tournament. In 2018, Mapfre Stadium was one of three sites selected to host the SheBelieves Cup.

Historic Crew Stadium has also hosted events outside of professional soccer. The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship was held at Crew Stadium in 2001 and 2003. In 2002, it hosted the Steinfeld Cup, the championship game of Major League Lacrosse. In June 2010, Historic Crew Stadium hosted the inaugural USA Sevens Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational.[11]

The venue was a regular site for Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship tournaments in soccer. In the local Columbus area, it is the site for the annual Westerville Football Classic, featuring the Westerville Central, Westerville North, Westerville South, and New Albany football teams. It has also been host to the local high school football rivalry of parochial schools Bishop Watterson High School and St. Francis DeSales High School.

International soccer[edit]

2003 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup was played in the United States. Historic Crew Stadium hosted several group game matches.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
September 20, 2003 Germany  4–1  Canada Group C 16,409
Japan  6–0  Argentina
September 24, 2003 Germany  3–0  Japan 15,529
Canada  3–0  Argentina
September 28, 2003 Sweden  3–0  Nigeria Group A 22,828
North Korea  0–3  United States

U.S. women's national soccer team[edit]

Date Teams Competition
October 3, 1999 United States  5–0  South Korea Friendly
September 28, 2003 United States  3–0  North Korea 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A
May 17, 2011 United States  2–0  Japan Friendly
October 30, 2013 United States  1–1  New Zealand Friendly
September 15, 2016 United States  9–0  Thailand Friendly
March 1, 2018 United States  1–0  Germany 2018 SheBelieves Cup
November 7, 2019 United States  3–2  Sweden Friendly

U.S. men's national soccer team[edit]

The crowd performs a card display prior to the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the United States MNT and Mexico on November 11, 2016

Since the opening of Historic Crew Stadium, it has been a regular site for the United States men's national soccer team matches, hosting ten games through 2013. The men's national team held an unbeaten record of 8–3–0 in all competitions, outscoring opponents 19–1. This was until the U.S. was beaten by Mexico on Veterans Day 2016.

The stadium has hosted five consecutive World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico, with the U.S. winning four of the five matches by the same score of 2–0 (with the U.S. fans adopting the rallying cry of dos-a-cero).

The national team was beaten by Mexico on November 11, 2016, by a score of 1–2, prompting Mexico's first ever win in Columbus, and the U.S.'s first World Cup qualifying defeat on home soil in 15 years. It hosted a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29, 2016, which the US won, 4–0.

Date Teams Competition Attendance
October 11, 2000 United States  0–0  Costa Rica 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF semifinals 24,430
February 28, 2001 United States  2–0  Mexico 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF final round 24,329
June 7, 2001[12] United States  0–0  Ecuador Friendly 12,572
July 6, 2003[13] United States  2–0  Paraguay Friendly 14,103
June 13, 2004 United States  3–0  Grenada 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF second round 10,000
November 17, 2004 United States  1–1  Jamaica 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF third round 9,088
September 3, 2005 United States  2–0  Mexico 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round 24,685
February 11, 2009 United States  2–0  Mexico 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round 23,776
September 11, 2012 United States  1–0  Jamaica 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF third round 23,881
September 10, 2013 United States  2–0  Mexico 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round 24,584
March 29, 2016 United States  4–0  Guatemala 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fourth round 20,624
November 11, 2016 United States  1–2  Mexico 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF fifth round 24,650

MLS Cup Finals[edit]

Since the opening of Historic Crew Stadium, it has hosted three MLS Cup Finals, once as a neutral site, and twice as home side Columbus Crew played host. The latter two occurred following a 2012 MLS rules change which did away with a neutral site for the Final, and instead has the club with the best overall regular-season record hosting the match.

Date Teams Competition Attendance
October 21, 2001 LA Galaxy 1–2 San Jose Earthquakes 2001 MLS Cup Final 21,626
December 6, 2015 Columbus Crew SC 1–2 Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Final 21,747
December 12, 2020 Columbus Crew SC 3–0 Seattle Sounders FC 2020 MLS Cup Final 1,500


The stadium hosts numerous concerts annually, most notably Rock on the Range, an annual festival of performances by rock bands that was held from 2007 to 2018, and replaced by Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in 2019. Concerts by Rascal Flatts also closed out the Ohio State Fair in 2006, 2007, and 2009. A permanent stage, built in 2008, was constructed in the north end of the stadium to accommodate concerts after the closing of Germain Amphitheater. The addition replaced about 2,100 seats in the north end.

Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Tour Tickets sold Revenue Additional notes
August 20, 2001 NSYNC Amanda PopOdyssey
May 17, 2008 Stone Temple Pilots 2008 Reunion Tour This concert was part of Rock on the Range.
July 29, 2008 Dave Matthews Band Ingrid Michaelson 2008 Summer Tour LeRoi Moore did not play due to injury.[14]
May 23, 2009 Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Sun City Carnival Tour 25,088 / 25,088 $1,943,542
June 26, 2011 Billy Currington
Uncle Cracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 20,321 / 25,657 $1,414,354
August 5, 2011 Journey Foreigner
Night Ranger
Eclipse Tour This concert was part of the Ohio State Fair.
June 29, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 27,571 / 27,571 $2,273,594
September 14, 2014 Jason Aldean Florida Georgia Line
Tyler Farr
Burn It Down Tour 26,350 / 26,350 $1,370,903
May 17, 2015 Linkin Park Of Mice & Men
Rise Against
The Hunting Party Tour 40,000 / 40,000 This concert was part of Rock on the Range.
June 16, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around The Sun Tour 26,455 / 27,207 $3,186,820
August 17, 2021 Green Day
Fall Out Boy
The Interrupters Hella Mega Tour
August 18, 2022 Kenny Chesney Dan + Shay
Carly Pearce
Here and Now Tour


Aerial footage of the final Columbus Crew game at Historic Crew Stadium on June 19, 2021.

As part of the new ownership proposal for the Crew unveiled in 2018, the club announced plans to build a new stadium, eventually known as Lower.com Field, west of the Arena District near Downtown Columbus. At the time of the proposal, the new stadium would seat 20,000 spectators and include 30 suites and 1,900 club seats. Construction on the new stadium began in October 2019.[15] With the new stadium having opened on July 3, 2021, Historic Crew Stadium was to be redeveloped into the Crew's training center and community sports park, as well as a concert venue.[16] The OhioHealth Performance Center training facility opened in June 2021,[17] but the stadium still remains.

In 2020, a new authority will own Historic Crew Stadium and its adjacent city sports park, with the team continuing to control the stadium in terms of its use as a practice facility and their second-level team.[18] The Crew played their final game at Historic Crew Stadium against the Chicago Fire FC, winning 2–0.[19]

Starting in the 2022 season, the Crew's second-level squad, Columbus Crew 2, play in the stadium, with the first game on April 15, 2022, against Orlando City B.[20]


  • The stadium features a 384 ft2 (36 m2) video board as well as 32 ft (10 m) of scrolling matrix board.
  • It took 274 days from groundbreaking to the inaugural game (9 months, 1 day).
  • The stadium facade is 48 ft (15 m) and its bleachers reach a height of 66 ft (20 m) Historic Crew stadium is built on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) site.
  • The first goal was scored by Jeff Cunningham during the inaugural game.[21]
  • The April 27, 2013, match against D.C. United at the stadium was delayed by 50 minutes after a fire broke out in a speaker cabinet on the south scoreboard. Firefighters controlled the blaze immediately, and the match went on as scheduled.[22]


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  3. ^ "Historic Crew Stadium". Greater Columbus Sports Commission. December 18, 2023. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  4. ^ "Mapfre no more: Columbus Crew seeks new naming-rights partner for historic stadium". Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "S2015 Field of the Year winners named by STMA". December 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Nuttall, Ian (2010). "Ten From 10". Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Beck, Aaron (January 10, 2008). "Crew Stadium adds concert stage". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Matchday – About Crew SC and MAPFRE Stadium". 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Jardy, Adam (March 3, 2015). "Crew's home has new name: Mapfre Stadium". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Introducing MAPFRE Stadium: Columbus Crew SC reveals historic stadium naming rights partnership with MAPFRE Insurance". ColumbusCrewSC.com. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "USA 7's Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational 2010". Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "USA vs Ecuador, June 7, 2001". Archived from the original on July 13, 2013.
  13. ^ "USA vs Paraguay, July 6, 2003". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012.
  14. ^ "Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus, OH". Dmbalmanac.com. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  15. ^ Bush, Bill; Myers, Jacob (October 10, 2019). "Crew breaks ground on new stadium in Arena District". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "New Crew stadium construction to start in summer". January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Columbus Crew's new training facility, OhioHealth Performance Center, aligns with club's expectations.
  18. ^ Molis, Jim (November 25, 2020). "Crew's fan-centric soccer stadium pairs exclusive experiences with premium spaces". Columbus Business First. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Campbell, Falycia (June 19, 2021). "Columbus Crew win big in final game at Historic Crew Stadium". WSYX. Associated Press. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  20. ^ "Crew 2: TV & Streaming". ColumbusCrew.com. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  21. ^ "mlsnet.com's inaugural game recap". Archived from the original on January 13, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2007.
  22. ^ "STATEMENT: Club response to scoreboard fire at Crew Stadium". Retrieved April 27, 2013.

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