How Columbus Crew created Field’s state-of-the-art façade


Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC are enjoying life in their new home Field, which features not only fan-oriented design and engineering, but also a state-of-the-art façade comprising 51,858 square feet of perforated aluminum panels

At the US$319.9m stadium venue, which boasts 460,000 square feet, 20,000 seating capacity, and a 12-acre public plaza, Jones Sports was hired to design-engineer, fabricate and install a custom architectural façade canopy that would maximize natural light and mimic the team’s Crew crest emblem.

The shape of the panels and patterns formed by the perforated holes in the architectural façade panels reflect features in the crest. The massive façade was installed by Jones Sports in the spring of 2021.

“We are honored to collaborate with Turner Construction and HNTB and be part of this innovative, world-class stadium,” said Todd Patrickus, executive vice president of Jones Sign. “We continue to leverage our expertise in premium sports venues to enhance the community experience and deliver designs that are awe inspiring.”

An important component of the design was that the field façade be black to reinforce the club colors and make it distinct from what is traditionally a white feature. This celebrates innovation and diversity and reflects the city of Columbus as an inclusive community. Field is purposefully designed to be inviting and dynamic – embodying the diversity and spirit that make Columbus home, according to the press release.

Read how Field was developed in more detail in the September issue of Stadia Magazine here

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