MAPFRE stadium was quiet no more Sunday. The Crew SC took on FC Cincinnati for an evening match-up.
You could feel the fan presence at MAPFRE despite just a small fraction of the arena being filled. The Crew SC dominated their downstate rivals to win, 3-0. The Black and Gold are unbeaten in five matches against FC Cincinnati.
The state allows for 15% of normal capacity for attendance. However, Columbus Public Health says it recommends no spectators until Franklin County reaches code yellow twice. Right now, the country remains in orange.
The live sports experience is something fans tell us they've missed the last six months. "Getting to see all the players again live on the field."
"I haven't seen a game in a while and you know, I really wanted to get out and enjoy it," said Chris Whetstone.
The arena can fit between 19 and 20,000 people but only housed 1,500 fans Sunday.
The Crew had protocols in place like social distancing in the parking lot and in the stands, masks, cashless transactions and no tailgating allowed.
Win or lose, fans were just happy to be close to the field.
"The atmosphere, watching it actually live will be probably the coolest part because I haven't been to a sporting event in three months, six months," said Mateo Centerena.
Anwyn Eriksen says her family rarely misses a game. "We've had season tickets since day one. So we're really excited that we're one of the few that get to come into the game."