The thing to keep in mind about Crew Stadium in Ohio is this: It was the first large-scale, professional soccer stadium constructed. (I have long pretty much avoided the clumsy ol’ “soccer specific” stadium moniker.)
It’s almost 15 years old now, which is about half the shelf life of modern athletic facilities. We can debate about whether that’s good or bad or sustainable or whatever, but that’s the way it is right now.
So Crew Stadium, built on a budget anyway – completely understandable considering it as a complete leap-of-faith venture from Lamar Hunt all along – is bound to be showing its age in some spots. One of those “age spots” was seen in embarrassingly stark detail last year when the facility’s video board caught fire before a match.
Clearly, that’s a bad night.
Well, no more of that! In addition to keeping the fans safe from exploding display boards, the announcement of a new video board around Crew Stadium will help spruce up the Major League Soccer team’s facility.
Here’s a picture of the new board, courtesy of the team.