Mayor Andrew Ginther has released a statement about the recent announcement of the Crew SC potentially being relocated to Austin, TX. Ginther stated that he was “surprised” to find out the news.
“I have met with the owner and business partners of Crew SC, and shared our thoughts on ways to find the best solutions to keep the team in Columbus. Unfortunately, we did not receive full engagement from the team’s ownership. We were surprised to learn of their decision in this way. Losing the Crew to another city would be a huge disappointment to their loyal and growing fan base in Columbus.”
Sports Illustrated reports that the Crew’s owner, Anthony Precourt, and Austin were discussing moving the Crew to Austin on the DL months before he went public with his ultimatum; finalize a new downtown Columbus stadium or sayonara.