Changes…Changes Welcome to 2015 Crew Supporters Union

It’s been a busy off-season for Crew Union leadership filled with exciting changes for the supporters group and for members.

New Crew Union Logo

The most visible change this offseason has been the change to our logo.  While we will always love the old logo designed by member Aaron Brown and in use since inception in 2006, the leadership felt an update that recognized where we are and where we are heading as a supporters group was in store.  Designed by Kevin Glenn, we think it encapsulates everything we hope to convey.

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Elements of the new logo

  • The design holds Crew Union’s traditional circle shape with the inner and outer rings displayed to pay homage to Crew SC’s new badge.  This serves to remind us that first and foremost as supporters we exist to support this Massive club.
  • The state of Ohio with a capital star for Columbus is displayed at the top in recognition of the many Crew Union members who travel across the state and nation to come to Columbus to support Crew SC.  We recognize that Crew SC is not just Columbus’, but Ohio’s team.  As an organization we strive to give a platform to all supporters across the state and nation who support this team.
  • Crew Supporters Union is predominantly displayed in the center to show the pride members have in this supporters group that continues to grow and evolve in our support of Crew SC.  It also serves to formalize our more recognized shortened name of Crew Union by the typeset of the words.
  • LCL 614 ties our organization to the great City of Columbus and our commitment to making it truly MASSIVE.  We are and always will be Columbus til I Die.

 Leadership

Besides the tremendous support of the members, one of the aspects that has made this supporters group so successful and able to serve it’s members has been the lack of turnover in leadership from year to year.  Consistently there have been great people who work behind the scenes to make sure that members are taken care of and their voices represented in meetings with the front office.  This off-season, however, has seen the departure of some of those key leaders who helped build this supporters group to what it is.

John Clem, who has been our president since 2008, stepped down this off-season.  He continues with Crew Union as a season ticket member to help with our social media outreach and to help lead us in chants in the stands as always.  His contributions will be missed in everything we do, but we wish him the best as he moves forward.

To replace John as president, our long time Treasurer, Kevin McCollough, has stepped forward.  Kevin has always been a guiding light in our supporters group and will continue to do so in this new capacity.  Robert Rovick will be moving from the accountant position to fill in as Treasurer.

Also joining us this year into the position of Committee Liaison Officer is Kevin Glenn. You probably know Kevin from the great work he does with #tifosweat and his contributions to AO Columbus.  His involvement brings a graphic designers mind to the leadership.  We see the knowledge and involvement he has in other groups who support this team as key to how we want to involve members as we move forward.

Getting Involved

Our supporters group started with about 30 supporters deciding to move from section 137 to 103 in 2006.  It has now grown to over 800 members in 2014.  We have over 100 full season ticket members and over 30 who have half season ticket membership.  Every year we have increased our season ticket commitment with Crew SC to the point that we now control all of section 101 for the first time.  This is all the result of the great members who have given their time, money, and support to Crew Union over the years.

The leadership of Crew Union have always known that in order to continue to move forward and grow as an organization, we need to better involve our members.  However, we have often fallen short in asking for that help.  This year we plan to ask if you want to volunteer and get you involved in areas that you are passionate about as supporters. Whether that passion is for Tifo, charity, in stadium atmosphere, or tailgates, we know your contributions will be such that it will propel this supporters group to heights we never thought possible just like it always has.

2015 Crew Union membership is available in the webstore.  We hope you’ll join us for another exciting season in support of Crew SC.

So You Saw The Crew Union Columbus Shirt on Red Band Society

This is a beginners guide to Crew Supporters Union for those who came upon us from one of our shirts making a cameo in Fox’s new show Red Band Society.

What is Crew Supporters Union?

Crew Supporters Union is the largest supporters group for Major League Soccer‘s Columbus Crew.

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Around in various forms since 2000, the Crew Supporters Union was officially organized and named in 2006. Though the group is based in Columbus, the Crew Supporters Union has membership outside of the Central Ohio metropolitan area with local chapters that regularly carpool to matches from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Louisville. When the Crew is on the road, you can find members at their headquarters 4th Street Bar & Grill located just one block from Crew Stadium. CSU is a volunteer controlled 501(c)(7) organization that is not only dedicated to supporting the Crew and soccer in Central Ohio but actively engages in charitable causes. It is also proud member of The Columbus Idea Foundry, and they are widely recognized for their shirts released through their partnership with HOMAGE.

Why is there a Crew Union shirt on Red Band Society?

That’s a great question, we’ve heard one of the writers is from Columbus, but that’s all we know.

You can watch the trailer here:

How do I get one of those shirts?

This shirt holds a lot of sentimental value to our members, especially our members that have been with us since the beginning. This was the first shirt our group debuted in 2010. By pure coincidence years before HOMAGE ever had a brick and mortar store,  one of our members introduced us to a recent Ohio University graduate starting a t-shirt business out of his parents’ basement. We had no idea that young man would go on to establish a highly successful and nationally known clothing brand. And they had no idea our group of a few dozen fans would grow to an organization of nearly a thousand members.

Since then, HOMAGE has opened two stores, with a third about to open in Cincinnati, and struck deals with ESPN, NCAA, and even MLS, with our partnership producing another nine shirts. But to our early members, nothing will ever top this shirt that many of us were wearing when the Crew lifted the 2008 MLS Cup.

Due to the prolific output of other Crew Union and Crew shirts, HOMAGE retired this graphic in Spring 2014. We were able to secure one last printing this Summer, and we will sell them at our tailgates either this Fall or next Spring.

You can see our shirt this year below and check out HOMAGE’s current selection of soccer shirts in their webstore. We also have shirts available at our tailgates.

Crew Union HOMAGE

All of that is Awesome, Now How Do I Join Crew Supporters Union?

You can join us every Columbus Crew home game by purchasing tickets with us in the Nordecke at Crew Stadium. 2014 memberships are still available as well!

Photo Credit: Sameh Safaa Fahmi/Massive Report

Photo Credit: Sameh Safaa Fahmi/Massive Report

2015 Nordecke Season Tickets With Crew Union Now Available

2015 Crew Season Tickets in section 101 of the Nordecke with Crew Union are now available in our webstore. With season tickets through Crew Union you get all the benefits of buying through the front office plus some additional exclusive benefits including your 2015 Crew Union membership.  The sale of season tickets will end 3/13/15 and only individual tickets will be available for sale.

**** PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PURCHASES FOR FULL SEASON TICKETS AFTER 2/28/15 WILL NOT RECEIVE THE SEASON TICKET CARD, BUT WILL BE GIVEN INDIVIDUAL MATCH TICKETS FOR EACH GAME***

FULL-SEASON – $306

  • Includes all 17 regular season MLS matches and 1 special game tickets (Opponent and Date TBD)
  • Includes a 2015 Crew Union membership
  • Will receive a Columbus Crew issued membership card if purchased by 2/28/15 loaded with their season tickets and an online account allowing you to
    • Print your tickets at home
    • Make payments to your account
    • Transfer tickets via email to a friend
    • Exchange tickets
  • Additional benefits granted by the Crew to the Social Membership Community

 

HALF-SEASON – $190

  • Includes 10 regular season MLS matches of your choice
  • Includes a 2015 Crew Union membership

 

DEPOSIT -

  • Deposits will be accepted until 2/28/15 and can be applied to either a half-season or full-season ticket package.  All purchases after 2/28/15 must be paid in full.
  • A Crew Union representative will contact you once the deposit has been placed to discuss payment plan options.

Please contact us with any questions

2014-2015 Crew Supporters Union Premier Fantasy League

Be the next Ted Lasso and win the Crew Union Premier Fantasy League.

Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use this link and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game:
http://fantasy.premierleague.com/my-leagues/433450/join/?autojoin-code=1929785-433450.

You shouldn’t need the league code, but just in case here it is: 1929785-433450.

Fourth Street for Premier League

With the Premier League kicking off Saturday we want to remind everyone Fourth Street Bar & Grill will again be opening early for all Premier League games.

This weeks premier league games:
Saturday, August 16th
7:45am Manchester United vs Swansea City (NBCSN)
10:00am Leicester City vs Everton (NBCSN)
10:00am Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City (Live Extra)
10:00am Stoke City vs Aston Villa (Live Extra)
10:00am West Bromwich Albion vs Sunderland (Live Extra)
10:00am West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Live Extra)
12:30pm Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (NBC)

Sunday, August 17th
8:30am Liverpool vs Southampton (NBCSN)
11:00am Newcastle United vs Manchester City (NBCSN)

Monday, August 18th
3:00pm Burnley vs Chelsea (NBCSN)

See everyone Saturday for Premier League and then Crew vs LA!

Help Crew Union Bring the Nordecke Cup Home

The 2014 Nordecke Cup is set for Saturday, July 26. Will you help Crew Union win back the title?

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is a 7v7 co-ed tournament that pits teams from the various supporters groups against each other. Much like its international equivalent, the World Cup (maybe you’ve heard of it), it begins with group play before advancing to the knockout stages. Every team is guaranteed at least three games. The tournament is open to players 18yr+ of ALL skill levels (seriously, all are welcome, do not be shy just because walking from the tailgate to the stadium makes you winded). CSU season ticket holders get first priority. And most importantly, this is your chance to play on the hallowed pitch inside Crew Stadium (three fields are set up width-wise across the stadium).

If you are interested in playing please submit the following information to Ben at bhoelzel[@]crewunion.com (in this format please) with “Crew Union- Nordecke Cup” in the subject line:

Name:
Season Ticket Holder: Yes/No
Age:
Gender:
Self-assessment skill-level: 1 through 5 (1 being the best – 5 being Sebastian Rozental)
Preferred Position:

*You may also submit a name or two of the people you would like on your team. We will try to accommodate requests, but cannot guarantee it.

**Not going to lie, every year there seems to be a struggle to get enough ladies on all of our teams. If you are a guy sending in a Request to Play and you know a couple ladies that might want to play but are not sending in their own requests, let Ben know. He may contact you closer to the date if we need more ladies.