First Soccer Specific Stadium in the U.S.
Kokosing constructed the Columbus Crew Stadium which brought a new degree of credibility to the sport of soccer in the U.S.
Inside the Project
Kokosing’s role as the construction manager/general contractor for the Columbus Crew Stadium started while the stadium design was still in conceptual form with only the site location and general bleacher arrangement determined and with a critical and very public deadline. The stadium design utilizes split-face concrete, horizontal steel and glass. The stadium features a unique four-corner tilted lighting system that enhances shadows on the field and creates a distinct atmosphere. Construction of the stadium was originally designed for 22,500 fans and built in less than nine months in time for the Major League Soccer (MLS) season home opener.
Why it matters
The diversity of construction experience and skills of Kokosing’s management team, coupled with a carefully selected group of specialty contractors and the use of a highly-detailed schedule all combined to meet the challenges of this extremely complex project. In the 2010 showcase issue of Stadia Magazine, the historic Crew Stadium was named the most influential stadium built in the last decade and remains one of the most important events in Major League Soccer’s history.