The Columbus Crew SC will host the MLS Cup final Saturday against Seattle Sounders. However, because of the pandemic, several fans aren’t able to go watch the team in person. The championship could also be one of the last games in the stadium.
"It's kind of heartbreaking to say that. If you had told me earlier this year that MLS Cup would be in Columbus and I would not be trying to go I would have called you crazy,” said David Miller, Columbus Crew fan.
The team held a ticket lottery for season ticket holders and only 1,500 fans will be allowed to watch in person. As of now, all tickets are sold out. There’s no plan to add any more tickets.
"We're probably even confident beyond the 1,500 but right now that ordinance from the city is still in place,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, Columbus Crew SC president.
No tailgating will be permitted in the MAPFRE Stadium parking lots.
"I'm not concerned with it, but we do have a plan in place that prevents it. We have people out in the parking lot making sure and on watch making sure they're not putting others at risk,” said Bezbatchenko.
The game could be one of the last games the Crew play inside MAPFRE Stadium, but some fans who can't be there worry they won’t have the chance to say a final goodbye.
"With the vaccine around the corner, I personally would be really, really sad if this was the last game in MAPFRE Stadium because I want to have the ability to go there and say goodbye to the stadium before we move downtown,” said Miller.
Several fans are looking forward to watching the big game come Saturday however if the Crew wins, some fans say they know they won’t be able to celebrate the way they want to.
"If we win an MLS Cup Saturday ideally there would have been a parade through downtown, there would have been parties at the stadium and bars across the city. It should be pandemonium really for Crew fans and the city itself,” said Miller.