2017 Crew Supporters Summit TONIGHT

Discussion in 'Columbus Supporters Clubs' started by Kryptonite, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    6-8 pm in the Heineken Lounge at the stadium. All Crew fans are invited to attend, mingle with other fans and hear from the various groups such as Crew Union, HSH and Buckeye Brigade regarding plans for the upcoming season.

    Oh, I hear there's a huge announcement planned.

    (Follow up from last season... Yellow Nation Army has folded and I don't remember if La Turbina would be there or not.)
     
  2. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Like, an actual huge announcement or you just bullshiting?
     
  3. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    How many supporter groups are there?
     
  4. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I hope that announcement isn't the email I just got for the season kickoff party on Feb 28.
     
  5. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I have no clue. I'm merely the messenger.
     
  6. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A huge announcement from the club or a huge announcement from the SG's?
     
  7. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Crew Union
    La Turbina
    HSH
    Buckeye Brigade
    Murderer's Row
    ...if I missed you, apologies.

    I think that's it for the Nordecke. As mentioned, Yellow Nation Army gave it up after last season. I heard one of their main people has moved away, hence why they quit. I don't believe LTA is part of the new combined ticketing group, as they seem to always want to do their own thing...and that's totally their own prerogative.

    There's also Einheit who moved to the southwest corner (you may recall the "Capitol Side" banner) for a bit last year before seeming to disappear from there. I thought I heard they were forced by the FO (support for the move was given) to move back to the Nordecke, but now I hear whispers that they're back to the southwest corner.

    As far as the ticketing goes, all Crew Union season tickets are now through the FO. This allows everyone to get every email regarding team news and member-only events. CSU will still sell tickets online, distributed at tailgates. As a result, the CSU membership package is now a stand-alone package. It includes a scarf to commemorate ten years of CSU (when it was about 25 of us at Tommy Keegan's), a discount card for food/drinks at 4th Street Bar and a couple other items as well.
     
  8. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
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    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If the huge announcement was nordecke.com, color me not shocked.
     
  9. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll try and recap here in an hour or two. Ask any questions and I'll try and tell you what GB and Lambo said.
     
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  10. C-Bus20

    C-Bus20 Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Everywhere
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    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    New players, jersey sponsor, jersey release date, roof??????
     
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  11. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
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    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One thing that I thought was lacking last year was the lack of a digital presence. Crew Union used to do weekly emails about watch parties, tailgates, etc. Hopefully this site forces a change there.

    Did they mention why the lack of tifo last year was a thing? I know we had the banners and flags, but we used to do the full-section flags at kickoff.
     
  12. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
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    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    The flag stuff is all down to Morgan pretty much. And from what I understand, he's not affiliated with any one group. He does all that stuff on his own. Money and time wise, it just wasn't worth it last year for him, more or less.

    As far as the nordecke site goes, it won't change shit IMO. All the groups mentioned how they like to just drink and party, fair enough. The leader of one of the groups in particular, was unbelievably under-prepared, for the second year in a row. It doesn't inspire confidence. I won't name names.
     
  13. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
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    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    Let's just say, GB might be bringing something back from Brazil. Where there is smoke, there is potentially fire.

    Not officially. Barbasol is out, period.

    New sponsor is lined up, but shit needs to be finalized. Sponsor logo won't be on jersey to start season (maybe for players on field, but not fans buying them). If you buy a blank jersey, you can take it to the Crew Shop once they start selling sponsored jerseys, and they'll add it for free. Or you can just wait.

    Will be able to buy at first game it sounds like, though sans sponsor. No mention of official unveiling.

    Stadium servey and whatnot was brought up. That shit is well into the future, so no news.
     
  14. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
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    United States
    #14 Kyle Crew, Feb 9, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
    OK, so the main bits from what I recall. If I don't mention something, ask about it, I might have forgot.

    - Sauro is out, and contract will be restructured to help with cap hit. He didn't have to do it, but he did anyway. He's gonna need two surgeries. Chances of him playing soccer again are 50/50 :( Super bummed about that. To me, it sounds like he's done, but let's hope he can come back. I love Sauro, kills me.

    - Central midfield is pretty congested at the moment, but couple guys might be going on loan to make way (GB asked not to mention one case in particular, the player involved surprised me a bit).

    - He mentioned Martinez is ideally a #10, though can play wide right as well.

    - Raitala will be super steady according to GB (i.e. not erratic and lazy on defense as Francis is how I translated that in my head).

    - Formations might change throughout the year, but the overall tactics of possession and attack will be the same.

    - Sounds like Pittsburgh will be our USL affiliate again this year, though it wasn't specifically said. It was alluded to however.

    - For the meat eaters, BBQ sounds like it will be a thing this year, as well as a couple extra concession stands to ease line congestion.

    - OTA TV deal is the same as last year, ditto with radio.

    - Yellow home kits (for two years), black checkerboard kit again this year will be road kit (last year for the black kit).

    That's all I can think off of the top of my head.

    EDIT: Oh, and Lambo said they are working on parking and exiting. He mentioned something about working with the State of Ohio to help, but it was kinda vague, and really there is only so much you can do with the existing roads, exits, etc, so we'll see.
     
  15. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe there's an injured TFC guy we can trade for? (Hockey reference.)
    BBQ, huh? Naturally, Ray Ray's comes to mind. Let's see.
    I certainly can live with the TV deal. I'm sure Charter Spectrum customers will miss their bonus coverage, but whatever.


    I hate how it seems the league made major strides toward primary/alternate kits, only to go back to home/road. Make your minds up already. Blacks in hot weather will be terrible.
     
  16. C-Bus20

    C-Bus20 Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Everywhere
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    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    I was kidding about the roof as it's a running joke but appreciate the answer.

    Would seem odd if they say they have a jersey sponser that is all but done but not in time for opener.

    Would be nice to have a radio partner that could be streamed. I'm sure that's not high on the priority list and for good reason.
     
  17. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
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    United States
    I know it was a joke, but anything regarding the stadium or a new stadium is a joke pretty much. Nevertheless, it was brought up.

    There was a deadline for getting them mass produced, and the team missed the deadline, thus the delay. These things take time. For example, the new yellow kits were actually designed two years ago, which is the norm according to Lambo.

    Audio can be steamed via the Crew's site or their YouTube channel.
     
  18. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    You are such a tease.
     
  19. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

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    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
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    Sources tell me Carlo Ancelloti is looking for a Midfield Boss.
     
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  20. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
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    Columbus Crew
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    United States
    #20 Kryptonite, Feb 10, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2017
    ...after last season.


    You also mentioned parking/exiting. The easy solution for parking would be to have employees in the drive lanes directing people where to park...in other words, someone beyond the employee collecting money.
    For exiting, more proof that pushing people out the exits 30 minutes after the game isn't a viable answer. The FO needs some sort of postgame entertainment to slow the rush into the parking lots. They apparently don't want to find a sponsor for autograph alley. They don't want to have kids take PKs after matches. They can't get live bands/DJs for after games. That's what you call "in a pickle."
     
  21. Brook

    Brook BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 13, 2001
    Cleveland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Traffic out has always sacked. I've complained several times a year for the past 15 years
     
  22. C-Bus20

    C-Bus20 Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Everywhere
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You complained???? Noooooooooo I don't believe it. How would you like them to fix that? Build more roads to places that don't exist? Maybe they can put a road and a walking bridge over the rail road tracks? I have never been to a pro sporting event in any city that was perfect unless you are playing in the sticks.
     
  23. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    I'm betting the primary difference is postgame activities. At most any other game/venue, there's stuff either there or nearby in the neighborhood. Nationwide/Huntington Park has a whole district. At Fenway Park, there's a bar that closes during whatever inning (7th?) but then immediately reopens after the game and stays open for quite a bit. At OSU football, the band plays for maybe a half-hour after the game and then there's tailgates or whatever else.

    At Crew games, you get shooed out into the parking lots approximately 30 minutes after the game ends. When they had autographs or postgame kicks, people would linger around for 45-60 minutes, if not more.

    It may have been bad then, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it is now.

    They absolutely need to invest in some sort of reason for the fans to slowly meander back to their cars.

    Ideally, the tailgate starts between 4-5.
    Kickoff at 7:30.
    Match ends approx 9:30.
    Last call at the bar around 10:10
    Postgame fun ends around 10:15-10:30
    Stadium fully cleared around 11.

    By having 90 minutes after the games for fans to exit the stadium, the FO would be doing miracles to improve egress. Part of the issue is that the "New Crew" FO has been hearing feedback from long-term staffers and fans and simply refusing to do what's been working for years. (Look at these new "promotions" as another example. We get the first 15 minutes for discount food. Yippie.)
     
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  24. Brook

    Brook BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 13, 2001
    Cleveland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, CBus 20, I think if they'd pay the Police for an extra hour, they'd do a hell of a lot better job than the Mapfre traffic guys.
    And, like Krypto said, how about something, oh I don't know, maybe an effing beer to drink post match while traffic does exit instead of the tent having last call in the 75th effing minute.
    I'd rather sit with friends at that damned stadium tent than in 30 minutes of traffic out.
     
  25. mmradio13

    mmradio13 Member+

    Apr 13, 2008
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    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Could they do more to limit local traffic after games? I never pay for parking because I can get home faster if I walk back to my car anywhere within a mile of the stadium (and I save parking $$).
     

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