After a slow start to the season, the New York Red Bulls have won three of their last four matches. With 14 points, they are now just two points behind conference leaders Montreal Impact. With this momentum, the Red Bulls travel to Columbus, Ohio this Saturday, May 4th for a meeting with the Columbus Crew. Game time is 4 p.m. ET.
The Crew were one of the ten original MLS teams and were the first MLS club to build a soccer specific stadium. Columbus Crew Stadium opened in 1999 and has a capacity of just under 25,000. The Crew have been one of the league’s most successful franchises and have a rabid fan base known as “the Crew”.
Tickets are still available for the game and begin at $23 each. The Stadium is in the northern part of the city and is less than four miles from downtown. The Crew are hosting a post game event this Saturday called Autograph Alley. It will feature six Crew players signing autographs for fans.
While Cleveland and Cincinnati are the most visited cities in Ohio, the state capital has its own unique charm and culture. The city sits smack dab in the middle of the state and is the home of Ohio State University.
There are regular nonstop flights to Port Columbus International Airport from the New York area’s major airports and flight time is approximately just over an hour.
There are many options for places to stay in Columbus, but the Sheraton on Capital Square offers a discount for fans attending Crew matches. The city also has a diverse assortment of restaurants and dining options.
Some of the top attractions in Columbus include:
- The Ohio Statehouse
- The Columbus Zoo
- The Jack Nicklaus Museum – Pays homage to Columbus’ own Jack Nicklaus and the history of golf.
- Ohio State University – Offers self-guided and group tours of the campus.
One of the most unique destinations in Columbus is the neighborhood known as German Village. The area is south of downtown and as the name implies, was an area settled initially by German immigrants. Remnants of the architecture from the late 1800’s can be found throughout the neighborhood.
A stroll through German Village is a great way to spend a day. There are art galleries, shops, restaurants and the not to be missed Brewery District.
One special event scheduled for this weekend is the 10th Annual Capital City Half Marathon. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning in downtown Columbus. All race related events are sold out, but there are plenty of spots to view the race throughout the city.