The Columbus Crew SC says only an "extremely small" number of family members and guests of the team will be in attendance for its playoff match against the New York Red Bulls Saturday.
Fans who had previously purchased tickets for the first postseason match will get a full refund.
“Throughout this year, Columbus Crew SC has continued to recognize that circumstances surrounding the pandemic are fluid and as such, we have designed our plans to maximize flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances,” said Crew SC Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Steve Lyons. “This week, after discussions with local health authorities, we informed Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health today that although we are confident in our Responsible Restart plan and our ability to safely host supporters, we believe today’s decision is the right move for the best interest of our community.”
The Crew will take on the Red Bulls Saturday at 3 p.m. at MAPFRE Stadium.