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Sprucing up Crew Stadium with a new video board

Jan 25, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

The thing to keep in mind about Crew Stadium in Ohio is this: It was the first large-scale, professional soccer stadium constructed. (I have long pretty much avoided the clumsy ol’ “soccer specific” stadium moniker.)

It’s almost 15 years old now, which is about half the shelf life of modern athletic facilities. We can debate about whether that’s good or bad or sustainable or whatever, but that’s the way it is right now.

So Crew Stadium, built on a budget anyway – completely understandable considering it as a complete leap-of-faith venture from Lamar Hunt all along – is bound to be showing its age in some spots. One of those “age spots” was seen in embarrassingly stark detail last year when the facility’s video board caught fire before a match.

Clearly, that’s a bad night.

Well, no more of that! In addition to keeping the fans safe from exploding display boards, the announcement of a new video board around Crew Stadium will help spruce up the Major League Soccer team’s facility.

Here’s a picture of the new board, courtesy of the team.

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  1. hildezero - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Huh? To me, it looks like the same design.

  2. tylerbetts - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Sprucing up the stadium is only half of the issue. Location of the stadium, and lack of anything nearby for game-goers, is another big part of the issue for Crew Stadium.

    • Steve Davis - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      No argument here. But you work with what you got, you know? There are some “fixables” and some things that ain’t, so good on ‘em for helping to shore up what they can, I say.

      • tylerbetts - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        Absolutely. Never let perfect get in the way of better. Just want to see the Crew, and Crew Stadium, continue to be a long term part of Columbus, MLS, and US Soccer.

  3. footballer4ever - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    “the announcement of a new video board”

    It’s new, not latest state of the art video board, but as Steve said you deal with what you got. As MLS 3.0 continues to progess those MLS 1.0 football clubs should not feel complacent to stay the same and stadiums are included. A close-knit city like Columbus could be the next SKC surprise of the league.

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