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Tobias C

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  1. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Wouldn't Haslam run into the Modell Law if he tried to move the team to Cleveland? It's a different political subdivision of the state..
  2. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    WE DID IT. Marketing will be everything in growing the club. You should see "CREW" everywhere in metro Columbus. Then its time to get the word out over the region....Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown....hell even Detroit and Pittsburgh. Time to get ambitious.
  3. I love a lot of the ideas and concepts for the stadium structure itself but I'm not in love with the site plan. The Nationwide site can totally work if the road situation is figured out (I agree about connecting Nationwide Blvd over to Spring St for improved ingress/egress. I think for an area like the Arena District though the plans are to suburban in their layout. The futsal courts are unnecessary and they could easily position the stadium on the property to allow for more development along the streetfront. They also envision the training facility on the adjacent triangle of land bound by railroads to the east.....and I think that's a poor use of that land. A training facility should actually be in the suburbs where theres ample room for multiple fields. That triangle would be ideal for parking facilities hidden back away from the main thoroughfare, that both a Crew stadium, and the other venues to the east in the Arena District (especially Huntington Park) can share. But I definitely applaud the effort with this and it goes to show the possibilities for the Crew with new ownership who are actually invested in the city and community.
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    FC Cincinnati Discussion

    FC Cincinnati has made their first two MLS signings in Fanendo Adi and Fatai Alashe. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/07/30/fc-cincinnati-announce-forward-fanendo-adi-clubs-first-mls-player Pretty impressive. I already have faith that they will at least hit the ground running better than Minnesota did. Adi gives them a proven, star goal scorer. Alashe will be more of a project but will definitely contribute. Im a Crew fan, not a FCC fan, but I'm already getting excited about the games against each other.
  5. If I'm Force Sports and/or whoever....I wouldn't really settle for being anything less than 50/50 when it comes to priority use of a hypothetical stadium with CSU. If that's not a feasible deal than I would build elsewhere. USL wants all of its teams to be playing in soccer specific stadiums in the near future. A joint project with a football team is fine as long as it's not a turf field that always has the football lines painted on or still visible after being removed. I know nothing about CSU and not much about college sports in general. From what I can tell, their athletic conference, the Horizon League, doesnt have football at all.. .. so potential creation of a football team would most likely involve a move to a new conference? What would be a realistic capacity for a CSU football stadium? If it's pushing 20k or higher....I think that would be a very much less than ideal choice for a USL team. Yeah, FCC can fill up Nippert but they have the MLS brass ring they're grabbing for.
  6. Those that follow MLS closely and are aware of how they operate, especially when it comes to their expansion, know that Cleveland is highly unlikely to join anytime in the remote future. As was mentioned Ohio is saturated (and in Don Garbers eyes, oversaturated, with MLS teams seeing as they wanted the Crew to move). The only way I could see a future Cleveland MLS team is if there isn't a Columbus team so Ohio has its teams at opposite corners of the state like NFL and MLB. Fortunately theres starting to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to #SaveTheCrew. USL is perfectly appropriate for Cleveland though. Regional teams like Indianapolis, Louisville, and of course Pittsburgh will be good rivalries. When it comes to a new stadium, I really think they should aim for something akin to Louisvilles upcoming stadium. Probably around 10,000 ish, 12k max with maybe a little flexibility to expand by a couple thousand if viable and necessary. The modular stadiums are a completely viable option but I think that's a solution that makes more sense for the teams like Sacramento and Phoenix who have very realistic aspirations of moving on to MLS and into bigger, newer, nicer digs... so the modular is just a temporary fix. I would say Louisville is probably the most impressive of the teams who dont have plans to move to MLS, but just be a dominant organization in USL. Here's the latest renderings of the $50 million, 11,300 seat stadium Louisville is building in their Butchertown neighborhood adjacent to their downtown. https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2018/06/26/louisville-city-fc-ups-number-of-seats-cost-for.html A partnership with CSU could be perfect if their interested. Especially if they want to take the Wolstein Center down, a great way to still pay homage to the Wolsteins would bring a sport they wanted to see thrive in Cleveland to that same site (which is perfect sized). I also agree that a larger, new Krenzler could work nicely if the baseball field could be relocated.
  7. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Holy crap that Will Trapp laser from wayyy out blew my mind. The players needed this win and the fans did too. So awesome. #SaveTheCrew
  8. Tobias C

    Cleveland SC Discussion

    Is the Cleveland vs Ann Arbor game Friday at 4 or are you talking about the other one? I live in Toledo (and support Cleveland teams as opposed to Detroit). Might be able to make it up there to support em (haven't made it to a game yet).
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    Cleveland SC Discussion

    Not exactly Cleveland SC news but it's been released that a group is indeed working to bring USL to Cleveland. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180715/news/168266/force-sports-lofty-goal-return-cleveland-force
  10. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Even if Austin acquiesces and negotiates with PSV.......and they square away a deal for the site.........They still have a lawsuit with the State of Ohio and City of Columbus to deal with. No matter anyones personal view on the constitutionality of the Modell Law.....its still currently a law and if they attempt to leave they will have violated it. Let's not forget they are in court against Mike Dewine. The same Mike Dewine running for governor and the same Mike Dewine who drafted the Modell Law. Ohio and Columbus wont be giving up anytime soon. And about the approximately 10,000 people who would be shuttled from off-site parking locations......I remember reading that they would require like 180 some shuttles or something. I dont know if that means 180 individual buses or like a few dozen buses making multiple runs back and forth but either way....that's quite ridiculous to think that many people would be okay with getting to the stadium like that.
  11. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Cant imagine Garber will be okay with this whole fiasco dragging out into the playoffs and MLS Cup and his next State of the League address with all the negative publicity he had to endure last year.
  12. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Yeah.....the type of development is just typical suburban light industrial mixed with offices. The Domain (kinda like Easton) is a destination and they're are several breweries in the immediate vicinity as well. What was supposed to be a big factor as well was the Metro Rail running right alongside the property with an existing station nearby to allow fans to arrive via transit. I would say it's only better than where Mapfre Stadium is now only in the sense that it has more dining and drinking amenities in close proximity but they aren't really walkable to the stadium so it's not that special. Austin City Council is starting to see Precourt for what he is, especially after all the handouts he asked for in his proposals....especially council member Leslie Pool, who's district McKalla Place is in. Another bombshell that just dropped is that there are now 2 other development groups with proposals for the same site now. And instead of asking for the site for free and tax abatements they're offering to pay 20-30 mil for the land and all the necessary taxes. Both groups have plans for mixed use developments (housing, offices, retail, entertainment, etc...you know...) as I understand it. These groups just came out of nowhere too. They are a huge threat to Precourt who is asking the city for millions in handouts while they offer the city millions in taxes and land acquisitions. The only thing PSV really offers of value is the civic amenity that is "sports"....and were talking about a city that hasn't had a top level team and has seemed to exist that way just fine up till now. Very interesting developments. Couple that with the fact that local businessman Bobby Epstein who is behind the Circuit of the Americas race track there and amphitheater (COTA) is launching his USL (2nd division) soccer team there soon. He had been holding off to see what happened with PSVs relocation....but now has asserted that they need to move forward now if they want to maintain their USL expansion team. So hes not only in direct competition with Precourt as he is offering another soccer team to the city....hes not trying to extort the city for handouts to start his team as hes building a modest size stadium at COTA. Honestly that's the team Austin fans should want anyway. Start off smaller and build the team into a successful organization....then if and when the time is right, maybe move up to MLS. Needless to say theres a lot of forces now opposing Precourt in Austin and it's awesome. And all of this is just half of the situation. We still have our Modell case here back home as well!
  13. Tobias C

    Cleveland SC Discussion

    St Ignatius would be an excellent location for the NPSL, Cleveland SC team to play it they ever do go through with expanding the seating. As far as when and if we get a USL team, which I would fully expect to be a D2, main USL team...not the upstart D3 league....I think the league would pressure that team to be building a soccer specific stadium. Anyway, I love the branding of the team so far. The logo is relevant, the kits are legit, and they have some substantial sponsors like Platform Brewing and Planet Fitness. Also the partnership with the popular local clothing company Cleveland Clothing Co is a smart move to help with publicity as well as having quality apparel right out the gate. I would love to see this NPSL team become our USL team.
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    Cleveland SC Discussion

    There's no way a NPSL team would go out of their way to build a stadium but there have been rumors of a group looking into a USL expansion team.... which i would assume would want a new stadium. I would love to see Cleveland build something more along the lines of the new stadium USL team Louisville City is building. 10,000 capacity with the ability to expand. I think you could pull that off on the site of Krenzler Field, especially if you move the softball field....and not even need to interfere with 18th St.
  15. Tobias C

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Modell requires the team to stay in its political subdivision (Columbus). If FCC bought the Crew, they would have to challenge the Modell Law to move the team from Columbus to Cincy.
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