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Columbus Crew honors frontline workers with first steel column of new downtown stadium

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The Columbus Crew SC celebrated a construction milestone Thursday at its future downtown stadium while also paying tribute to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Columbus Crew SC)

The Columbus Crew SC celebrated a construction milestone Thursday at its future downtown stadium while also paying tribute to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday morning, the first structural steel column was erected at the new 20,000-seat stadium. The column is more than 23 feet long and weighs nearly 2 tons and was placed in the southeast corner of the stadium.

The steel column was commemorated with a special "#InThisTogetherOhio" marking to recognize those who are working on the frontlines during the pandemic.

“On behalf of the Columbus Crew SC ownership group, front office, players and coaches, we wanted to mark this stadium construction milestone with a special recognition of frontline workers who are courageously navigating this global pandemic,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Today marks a significant step in the process of building a dynamic, world-class stadium that will unify our fans and our community, not just on match day but 365 days a year. We are excited about the progress as we build toward a July 2021 opening. The first structural column’s installation comes at a challenging and unique time in our history. We are truly honored to recognize those who have worked so selflessly on the frontlines and want those individuals to know that the Crew, Columbus and all Ohio is immensely grateful.”

The final piece of structural steel is expected to be put in place in late fall. Overall, a total of 5,410 tons of steel is projected to be used in the construction of the stadium.


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