Crew announces additional activities for “Soccer For All” night at Lower.com Field on Saturday

Columbus Crew today announced additional activities as part of the Club Soccer for all Game night when the Crew take on Charlotte FC at Lower.com Field on Saturday June 18 [7:30 p.m. ET / Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan, 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)]. A limited number of tickets for the match are available via this link.

The Crew engages in inclusive community activities throughout the year, with Saturday’s contest serving as the culmination of a month-long celebration of football as a global sport for all.

Before the game, Crew fans of all ages are invited to join in the spirited march to the game. In a Black & Gold projection through the downtown Arena District and ending in Astor Park, the march provides an opportunity to capture the intense preparation for each home contest. Fans are encouraged to meet at Battelle Plaza – the main assembly point – beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET and departing for the stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Lower.com Field pub is scheduled to open at 4:24 p.m. ET, 96 minutes before the stadium gates open for fans with game tickets. Fans can enjoy a 96-minute happy hour with food and drink specials. Supporters attending the match can also purchase the adidas Pride 2022 tops, which will be available from the Lower.com Field Crew store or online via this link.

On Saturday, the Lower.com Field Community Plaza is set to feature a backdrop where fans in attendance can write messages displaying what Soccer for all means to them. Kaleidoscope Youth Center — a youth organization that works alongside gay youth in the greater Columbus community to help create free programs, housing and support services across the state of Ohio — will have a table in the square with resources available for those present.

As part of the pre-game events, the crew is set to highlight the efforts of Ben Levey, Founder and Executive Director of Final Third Foundation, as this game’s community spotlight. On July 16, Final Third Foundation will host the third annual Columbus Nations Cup, a soccer tournament and festival that highlights and celebrates diversity in the Columbus community. Proceeds from the event will go to Final Third Foundation and the Community Services for Refugees and Immigration (CRIS) mentorship program, Community Connectors.

Local musician T Wong will perform the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in honor of Juneteenth and “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the American national anthem. Before kick-off, the Nordecke are expected to unveil the first of two special tifos celebrating Soccer for all. The squad players are ready to wear adidas jerseys to celebrate diversity and unity while performing their pre-match warm-ups.

During the game, players from both teams will wear “Freedom To Be” jerseys featuring Juneteenth-inspired numbers designed by Judah, a black queer artist from Childersburg, Alabama. Middleton created the numbers – a vibrant yellow, green and red color palette, to represent the blood, soil and prosperity of Africa and its people. The jerseys illustrate the history and importance of Juneteenth and reinforce the notion of “freedom to be”, emphasizing the inherent freedom in everyone to be themselves in all facets of life.

The “Freedom To Be” jerseys worn in-game will be auctioned via MLSAuctions.com from Monday, June 20 through Tuesday, July 5. Proceeds from the auction will go to the VOYCENOW Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to speaking out, creating equal opportunities for all, advancing youth sports and after-school programs, and bringing communities together.

At halftime, the crew will conduct on-field reconnaissance for the Special Olympics Ohio team, which recently won silver medals at the 2022 Special Olympics Summer Games. Local soccer champions will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Crew’s 2020 MLS Cup trophy on the grounds of Lower.com Field as part of Night of Champions.

As a reminder, the Arena District DORA is activated three hours before each Crew home game and extends to Nationwide Boulevard in Astor Park until midnight Eastern Time. DORA offers Black & Gold supporters additional opportunities to experience the city center on matchdays, with further details available at arenadistrict.com/dora.

Fans interested in checking out the crew’s state-of-the-art site, Lower.com Field, can do so by purchasing flexible partial plans or single-game tickets. Partial plans for the remainder of the 2022 MLS regular season are available via this link, while single match tickets can be purchased here.

For more information about the Club’s work in the community, visit ColumbusCrew.com/giveforward.

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