Lower.com Field

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Lower.com Field
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Lower.com Field Southwestern Gate July 3 2021.jpg
The field's southwest gate on the day of the first game
Lower.com Field
Former namesNew Crew Stadium (prior to opening)
Address96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, Ohio [1]
Coordinates 39°58′6.46″N83°1′1.52″W / 39.9684611°N 83.0170889°W / 39.9684611; -83.0170889 Coordinates: 39°58′6.46″N83°1′1.52″W / 39.9684611°N 83.0170889°W / 39.9684611; -83.0170889
Owner Columbus Crew
OperatorColumbus Crew
Type Soccer-specific stadium
Capacity 20,371
Field size115 × 75 yards
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 10, 2019 [2] [3]
OpenedJuly 3, 2021
Construction cost$314 million
Architect HNTB [4]
Tenants
Columbus Crew (MLS) (2021–present)

Lower.com Field is a soccer-specific stadium in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It serves primarily as the home stadium of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, replacing the club's previous home, Historic Crew Stadium. The new stadium cost $314 million and is located at the center of the mixed-use Astor Park development adjacent to the Arena District and downtown. [5] It seats 20,371 spectators and includes 30 suites and 1,900 club seats.

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History

The stadium under construction, March 2021 Columbus, Ohio JJ 90.jpg
The stadium under construction, March 2021

Construction on the new stadium was originally scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019; [6] groundbreaking was later rescheduled to October 10, 2019. [3] Once the new stadium is complete, Historic Crew Stadium will be redeveloped into the training center of Columbus Crew, as well as a community sports park. [7]

On June 15, 2021, the Crew announced that Columbus-based online real estate company Lower.com had purchased the naming rights to the stadium; per team policy, terms were not disclosed. [8]

The first game in Lower.com Field was on July 3, 2021, and resulted in a 2–2 draw between the Crew and the New England Revolution. Parts of the stadium were still under construction at the time. [5] [9] The first goal in stadium history was scored by Tajon Buchanan of New England; Columbus' first goal was scored by Gyasi Zardes during the same match. [10] On July 17, 2021, the Crew earned their first win at Lower.com Field with a 2–1 victory over New York City FC. [11]

The stadium is owned by the Confluence Community Authority (CCA), a special district governed by the City of Columbus and Franklin County. The Crew have a 30-year lease with the CCA with an annual rent of $10 and an option to purchase the stadium outright in 2047 for 30 percent of its market value. [12]

International matches

Men's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2TournamentSpectators
October 13, 2021Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round 20,165
January 27, 2022Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 20,000
DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2TournamentSpectators
2021 Flag of the United States.svg Columbus Crew 2–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul 2021 Campeones Cup 18,026

Women's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2TournamentSpectators
April 9, 2022Flag of the United States.svg  United States 9–1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Friendly12,071

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Preceded by Home of the
Columbus Crew

2021 - present
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