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Columbus Crew announce new training field partnership

The training facility is set to open in June 2021.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Crew SC announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Columbus-based OhioHealth in a partnership that will see the club’s future training facility become known as the OhioHealth Performance Center.

The facility is set to open in June 2021, around the same time as the new downtown stadium.

The facility will be located on the current grounds of MAPFRE Stadium. Construction will begin in June 2020 and continue throughout the season.

“We are proud to announce the continued partnership and now the historic naming rights to the OhioHealth Performance Center as both the Club and OhioHealth look to take Columbus Crew SC to new heights,” Crew SC Executive Vice President Steve Lyons said in a statement. “On behalf of the Haslam and Edwards Families, Crew SC President/GM Tim Bezbatchenko and the entire Crew SC organization, we are thrilled to continue to partner with a leader in the community like OhioHealth, as our official healthcare provider.

“We are aligned in our goals of unifying and giving back to our community while representing Columbus with great pride in all that we do. We look forward to many more years together as partners and eagerly await the opening of the OhioHealth Performance Center.”

There will be soccer fields dedicated for first team use, Crew Academy use and some for public use as well. There will also be a seasonal bubble over the stadium field. The upper section of MAPFRE Stadium will be removed. 

Also noted in the release is that a USL locker room will be built. This note helps confirm reports that Columbus is looking to start a USL team in 2021 or 2022.

While a deal has not yet been finalized, the team looks to continue training at the Obetz facility it has used in recent seasons until the completion of the new facility. 

This was the first major announcement of the week from the Crew, as the team also plans to announce a jersey sponsor before the home opener Sunday against New York City FC.

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