On Friday, the Columbus Crew SC and Major League Soccer announced the Club's next three MLS regular-season matches. They're set to take place in September as part of Phase Two of the continuation of play. The team also announced information regarding limited tickets for home matches.
The Crew's September 19 match against Nashville SC is scheduled to be followed by a home match against Minnesota United FC on September 23, and a road contest against Toronto FC on September 27. All three matches are scheduled to begin at 7:30 EST.
There will be an extremely limited number of tickets available for the two matches at MAPFRE Stadium. Season ticket members will receive access to purchase tickets for one of the first phase two matches. The pre-sale starts tomorrow, September 12, at 10 am EST. Season ticket members with questions should contact the Membership Services Team at 614-447-2739, ext. 1 or email@example.com. You can also visit the Crew SC's website for COVID-19 information.
Capacity at MAPFRE Stadium for both matches will be reduced to 1,500 individuals, and all will be expected to follow guidelines outlined as part of the Club's Responsible Restart Plan.
“We are excited to host a pair of home matches at MAPFRE Stadium as part of the start to Phase Two of the League’s continuation of play,” said Crew SC Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Steve Lyons. “In following Governor DeWine’s order, we were pleased to welcome a limited number of supporters (1500) on September 6 as fans returned to the venue for the first time since March and our requirements for the upcoming two matches continue to include face coverings for all individuals entering the venue. As part of a shared responsibility to keep us all as safe as possible, we must abide by all of our Responsible Restart Plan protocols. While enjoying the match, when not actively eating or drinking, masks must remain on at all times and our Experience Team ushers will be increasing the number of trips up and down the stands during match action, continuing to enforce this rule as it is critical to the success of hosting matches. Six-feet distancing between fans’ self-selected known and trusted pods will also continue and we will be increasing the amount of signage at the bottom of seating sections as well as increasing our halftime messaging to continue to reinforce protocol throughout the match. All of these measures continue with one thing in mind: keeping the health and safety of everyone entering the building as the top priority on matchday.”
As a reminder, all tickets and parking passes for originally scheduled 2020 Crew SC regular season matches are no longer valid, but this will not impact continued Season Ticket Member priority or access to the new Crew stadium. Parking is also set to be available through the presale. All parking passes will be mobile and must be purchased in advance, as no parking payments will be accepted on-site. MAPFRE Stadium is also a cashless environment for the remainder of the season.
“Our plans continue to maximize flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. For these two matches ahead, we look forward to executing our Responsible Restart Plan to create a matchday experience that is as safe and enjoyable as possible. We will continue to collaborate with public health experts, government officials and MLS throughout Phase Two," said Lyons.
All three Crew SC matches announced today in phase two are set to be televised locally on FOX Sports Ohio.