Surprise, surprise, the Crew's new Arena District stadium is costing the city double the amount initially reported

In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, over the weekend the Dispatch reported that the cost of the new Crew stadium to the city is nearly double what public officials said, exceeding $100 million rather than the initially reported $50 million contribution.

From the Dispatch report:

The contract assigns city obligations of: a new riverside park and new pedestrian bridge across the Olentangy River at the stadium site, burying high-voltage AEP power lines at the stadium site, completing site environmental remediation, donating city land, making added street and traffic signal improvements near the site, and building a 600-plus-car parking garage next to the proposed stadium.

In Oct. 2018, Deadspin published an article under the header “What Can We Learn From Four Stadium Deals That Don’t Suck.” Odds are the Crew’s new Arena District digs won’t land at number five.


The Ohio State Buckeyes continued its early season dominance with a 34-10 shellacking of Michigan State in a football game that featured two universities embroiled in massive sex crime scandals that should dwarf anything happening within the world of sports.


The Crew ended year one of the Caleb Porter era with a 1-0 loss to Toronto, though the new head coach and his players saw some promise in the way the team closed, going 5-2-6 in its final 13 games. “We showed we can play against these teams,” goalkeeper Eloy Room told the Dispatch. “Still we have to improve, but yeah, the future’s bright.” All signs point to this being a pivotal off-season for the organization.