Promises to be Authentically Columbus
- 1 New Crew owner promises fans he’s committed to winning in Columbus
- 2 Columbus Crew acquired by Precourt Sports Ventures
- 3 Stoppage Time: Columbus chairman and investor/operator Anthony Precourt
- 4 Quote sheet: New Crew reveal
- 5 Anthony Precourt message to Crew Fans
- 6 Anthony Precourt apologizes to Crew fans
- 7 Austin FC branding looks very similar to banner created by Columbus Crew fans
- 8 Front-office staffers cope with Crew SC relocation saga
New Crew owner promises fans he’s committed to winning in Columbus
By Jeff Bell | July 30, 2013
He also promised to keep the team in Columbus even though he said he doesn’t plan to move here from his home in the San Francisco area. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said he likes what he has heard from Precourt so far, especially about keeping the team here. “I think he has a genuine commitment to the city,” Coleman said. “I’m looking forward to working with him to bring the Crew to the next level.” - Source Columbus Business First
Columbus Crew acquired by Precourt Sports Ventures
By Andrew Todd-Smith | August 2, 2013
Precourt surprised the reporters by saying, “I do live in Northern California now, and I intend to be here on a regular basis. I’m not sure we’ll be moving here full time, but I’ll be here very, very regularly and have a second home here.” - Source the Lantern
Stoppage Time: Columbus chairman and investor/operator Anthony Precourt
By Kyle McCarthy | February 3, 2014
“We’re looking at ways we can evolve and change our logo. We want it to represent the Columbus we’ve come to know. I don’t think a construction crew is really representative. [Columbus is] not a blue-collar, manufacturing, industrial town. It’s a smart, young, progressive university town with world-class businesses. It’s a white-collar town. We want to be representative. We don’t see Columbus in the crest. There are things we can do to represent the capital city better.” - Source Fox Sports
Quote sheet: New Crew reveal
October 9, 2014
On stadium improvements “Well, one of our brand pillars is being authentically Columbus. We want to enhance the stadium experience on gameday to feel more authentically Columbus. We are trying to showcase things like Jeni’s Ice Cream and Columbus Brewing Company and other microbrews. We are going to create experiences within the stadium that showcase what this great city has to offer.” - Source Official Columbus Crew SC website
Anthony Precourt message to Crew Fans
March 16, 2015
“I hope you guys get to know me but I am a man of my word.”
“It's been harder than I thought it would be. There's been more work than I thought we needed, more stuff to do than I thought.” - Anthony Precourt, Source Massive Report Podcast Episode 144
Anthony Precourt apologizes to Crew fans
October 19, 2017
"I really do feel for you Crew fans. Its an uncertain time I recognize, and I take full responsibility for the situation I have put us in." - Anthony Precourt, Source Twitter
"I’ve defended you more than anyone, and you told me to my face that you’d never move this club. Uncertain? Then sell to a local group." - Alex Stanek, Source Twitter
"You have for sure Alex. I understand your disappointment." - Anthony Precourt, Source Twitter
Paul Carr | August 22, 2019
Columbus tifo in November: "Respect Your Roots"
Austin FC slogan today: "Grow the Legend"
Front-office staffers cope with Crew SC relocation saga
Andrew Erickson, September 9, 2018
Greeley helped conduct the Oct. 17 meeting and visited Mapfre Stadium for meetings in early January, and Loughnane has handled staff updates and interactions. Precourt’s last public appearance in Columbus was Oct. 31, 2017, for the Crew’s Eastern Conference semifinal home leg against New York City FC.
For some employees, being in the same room as Precourt goes as far back as the 2016 office holiday party.
Since late June, when PSV’s pursuit of a term sheet for a stadium in Austin began to heat up, Precourt has been seen at three Austin City Council meetings.
“It’s tough when you’re working in an organization and you’re putting your time, energy and effort into it and you believe in what it is and then the person that’s running the organization is spending their time and energy somewhere else,” a former employee said.