About Crew Union

Crew Supporters Union History
The supporters of the Columbus Crew have a long history that can seem somewhat bewildering. Much like the early Christian church, there have been divisions and separations, relocations and unifications. In order to avoid the cloud of confusion, the major history of the past and more detailed history of the recent days shall be recounted here.

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The Early Years
When Columbus Crew Stadium opened in 1999, the ardent vocal (some may say “hardcore”) supporters of the Columbus Crew found themselves a home in the north stands. Some went to the northwestern corner near the players’ tunnel and others congregated in the middle, directly behind the goal. Sounds of drums, trumpets, vocal song and chant, praise and heckling, as well as cries of joy, sadness, and astonishment could all be heard coming from these supporters.

Formative Years
By 2006 a majority of the hardcore supporters had found their way to section 137 behind the goal. Due to a clash of styles and a desire for a new site line, the group split in the 2006/2007 winter off-season. A new group formed in section 103, calling themselves Crew Supporters Union: Local 103. A group that remained in section 137 took upon themselves the name of Hudson Street Hooligans. Much unknown to these groups, a grassroots effort in the Columbus Latino community would bring about the unexpected formation of a third supporters group in the northeastern corner called Turbina Amarillo (translates to “Yellow Turbine”).

The 2007 season was a good season for the supporters, as more and more people seemed to want to join in on the action of lending their vocal chords as best they could to supporting the Crew through a difficult season. Rumors, however, began to circulate like a snake in the brush during the season. A permanent concert stage was to be built behind the north goal, dismantling sections 136-138, and turn the Hudson Street Hooligans into refugees.

The Nordecke Era Begins
After talks between groups and the front office, a decision was made to populate the lower half of the northeast corner of the stands. Because this would require a move, Local 103 would no longer reside in section 103. After much discussion and debate, it was decided to change the 103 designation to the main Columbus area code, of 614. Crew Supporters Union: Local 614 has now taken on a naming standard that will allow for fellow supporters in other cities to form additional union groups that will be affiliated with CSU: Local 614. See our list of brethren in cities outside Columbus who do their all for the Crew from long distance.

Crew Union Evolves and Matures
It is no coincidence that Crew Union saw a great amount of growth during the Crew’s 2008 Supporter’s Shield and MLS Cup winning season. What is a bit surprising is that the Nordecke and Crew Union continued sustained, rapid growth into the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Even as overall attendance nosedived and on field success declined, Crew Union continued to grow and ticket sales in the Nordecke continued to climb.

As the group continued to flourish, Crew Union leadership wanted to find a way to ensure that the organization could continue to grow and be well managed into the future. There was also a strong desire to demonstrate the principles of volunteerism and philanthropy that has helped to guide Crew Union. To this end, Crew Union leadership took the necessary steps to officially register Crew Supporters Union as a non-profit organization with the State of Ohio.

A few members with a background in law and business incorporation assisted Crew Union leadership in drafting a charter that not only reflects the fraternal nature of the organization, but it clearly defines the roles of executive officers and members so that future members and officers can seek guidance based on the founding of the group. The new charter also met the criteria necessary to seek non-profit status. In 2011, with the assistance of an experience non-profit accountant, Crew Union also applied tax-exempt status with the Federal government when the articles of incorporation were filed with Ohio Secretary of State.

It took nearly a year to complete the process, but in April 2012 the I.R.S. officially recognized Crew Supporters Union, Inc. as a 501(c)(7) tax-exempt organization. Since 2011, Crew Union members have proven to be very generous and the group has greatly increased its charitable donations and fundraising. All officers continue to volunteer their time as the charter does not allow for compensation. In the spirit of its non-profit status, all proceeds that the organization raises through ticket sales, merchandise, donations, etc… goes directly back into the group for things like tifo displays, parties, bus trips, outreach, and charitable causes.

The steps taken to organize and incorporate Crew Union have allowed it to continue to grow in a well-managed fashion. It also helps set Crew Union apart from other soccer supporters groups. Although the organization’s first priority will always be to support the Columbus Crew, spread the love of soccer, and to provide an environment for members to get together in furtherance of their enjoyment of the game, the 501(c) status demonstrates that Crew Union is much more than a soccer supporters group. The organization will continue to strive to a positive influence in the community and work to volunteer and support charitable causes in Central Ohio.

11/21 Eastern Conference Final Tickets

The Nordecke is sold out for the Conference Final Leg 1 match against TFC, but that doesn’t mean you should not get tickets.  Lets turn the rest of the stadium into Nordecke and #SaveTheCrew.  Go HERE to purchase tickets in the NorthWest Corner or South End of the stadium.  The Promotional Code is SUPPORTERS1121

Help Save The Crew

The Nordecke has sold out for the Playoff game against NYCFC on 10/31, but we are turning the entire stadium into the Nordecke.  We need you there to #SaveTheCrew.  We have two options for you.  Lower east sideline adjacent to the Nordecke, that would be Sections 103-104 or on the other side of the Eastside Premier sections 108-112.  The other option is the NorthWest Corner, sections 132-135.

Please go HERE to purchase tickets and #SaveTheCrew.

 

The Nordecke has sold out for the Playoff game against NYCFC on 10/31, but we are turning the entire stadium into the Nordecke.  We need you there to #SaveTheCrew.  We have two options for you.  Lower east sideline adjacent to the Nordecke, that would be Sections 103-104 or on the other side of the Eastside Premier sections 108-112.  The other option is the NorthWest Corner, sections 132-135.   Â

Please go HERE to purchase tickets and #SaveTheCrew

#SaveTheCrew Rally

Supporters,

We, as leaders of the Supporters groups of Columbus Crew SC, are both saddened and enraged about yesterday’s announcement from Precourt Sports Ventures. Like many of you, this announcement blindsided us and we are appalled that the ownership group would ever consider moving the team instead of supporting its loyal fans here. Not only does this club have history in Columbus, but all of MLS does as well, and we hope that supporters of clubs across the league take notice of what’s happening here. If they can do this to Columbus, they can do this to any team.

We are humbled by the support we have received from fans of the beautiful game across the country. Today we call on you for help. We want to send the message that the actions of Precourt Sports Ventures are unacceptable in MLS. Please call and write to your team owner and the MLS offices and tell them to reject the reported move of the Columbus Crew SC to Austin.

If you want to act locally, we will be meeting at Columbus City Hall at Noon on Sunday, 10/22, to make our voices heard with the first #SaveTheCrew rally. Bring letters to write, phones for making calls, signs for painting and any other way you would like to express yourself. We’re not done yet and this is not over. We’ve just begun.

We love our supporter family, this team, and the game. We cherish every moment of this team’s successes and failures. We cherish every supporter we’ve met, every tailgate we’ve hosted, and every chance we’ve had to spend with our sisters and brothers. Together, we are massive. We are Columbus.

Columbus Til I Die,

Nordecke Leadership

It’s Crewsmas Week 2017!!!

Welcome to the most magical week of the year, Crewsmas Week! Here’s a few things you should know ahead of this weekend’s festivities.

CREWSMAS EVE PARTY

Friday, March 3, 7-11pm
Fourth Street Patio Bar & Grill
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Crewsmas Eve

Crewsmas Eve

Join us Friday night before the first home match for our 10th annual Crewsmas Eve party at Fourth Street Bar & Grill.

Crewsmas Eve began as an informal gathering of friends the night before the Crew’s first home game. Ten years later and in it’s 6th year at Fourth Street Bar, it’s an official event of Crew Union and even recognized by the club. Old friends reminisce and new friends are made in a joyous celebration of the new Crew season. We’re still working some final details, but this year’s event promises to be another “can’t miss” affair.

The Crewsmas Eve Party is open to all Columbus Crew SC fans and supporters. We’ll have membership packages and match tickets available for pick up and purchase at the party. Also, as always, we’ll be unveiling our 2017 Homage T-Shirts.

A special thanks to our partners Fourth Street Bar & Grill for helping make our Crewsmas Eve Party possible.

CREWSMAS DAY

Saturday, March 4
Tailgate: 10am-1:30pm
Kickoff: 2:00pm
Location: Mega-Tailgate Under Crew Union Tent

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Crewsmas

Crewsmas

With kickoff at 2:00pm we expect the tailgate to be going strong by 10am. This year we’ve partnered with the other supporters groups to bring all our members match day tickets for the 2017 season under the Nordecke banner.

If you haven’t gotten your Nordecke Crewsmas tickets just follow this link to purchase tickets on the Nordecke.com website.  Match tickets can be picked up at the Crewsmas Eve party the night before or the Crewsmas tailgate.  The tickets will be under the Nordecke tent in the center of the tailgate.  Just look for the giant Nordecke banner that says TICKETS.

2017 memberships will be available for pick up or purchase at the Crew Union tent as always.  There will be a TV set up at the tailgate to watch EPL games on that morning including the Liverpool v Arsenal Match at 12:30pm. Food wise the Ole Farts are back for the annual Crewsmas Chili cook-off. They will be doing 3 or 4 kinds of Chili (there will be a vegetarian choice with the chili). If you have a favorite recipe you want to share bring it along, the more the merrier. As always any sides are welcome but not a requirement to come over and enjoy the food. So grab some friends, come on over to the tailgate, share a beverage or three with friends old and new and get ready to take on Sh!tcago.

All tickets and membership must be picked up by 1:30pm.  At 1:30pm tickets purchased through Nordecke.com will be taken to Will Call.

After the game, we’ll be heading on over to 4th Street to hopefully celebrate another Crewsmas Day victory.