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Columbus Crew, JPMorgan Chase Launch Partnership, Chase Plaza at Lower.com Field

May 30, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release


COLUMBUS - The Columbus Crew and JPMorgan Chase today announced the launch of their partnership and the Chase Plaza at Lower.com Field. The partnership reflects their shared commitment to and pride in Columbus, highlighted by activations on the Chase Plaza, including opportunities for local businesses to connect with fans ahead of matches.

On June 3 at 5:30 p.m., Haslam Sports Group Managing and Principal Partner Dee Haslam, Crew President of Business Operations Kristin Bernert and JPMorgan Chase Columbus Location Leader Corrine Burger will unveil the Chase Plaza prior to the club's home match against Charlotte FC, a night to Champion Columbus, presented by Chase. Interviews and photo/video opportunities will be available to credentialed media members.

"The Crew and JPMorgan Chase deeply believe in the growth of the Columbus region, and our partnership is focused on celebrating the advancement that it continues to experience," said Bernert. "Through our activations on the Chase Plaza during matchdays and increasingly on non-matchdays, together we have the opportunity to elevate our ongoing support of the city in a way that matches everyone's passion for the Black & Gold and Central Ohio."

"We're excited to announce the unveiling of Chase Plaza in partnership with the Columbus Crew," said Burger. "As an Ohio native, I take great pride in the rich history of JPMorgan Chase's commitment to the state. We've partnered with businesses, community partners, government officials and our employees to strengthen the local economy and create opportunities for all."

As one of the state's largest private employers, JPMorgan Chase has been dedicated to supporting a stronger, more inclusive economy in Ohio for more than 200 years, employing more than 20,000 residents statewide. With more than 170,000 small business clients, over two million consumer bank customers statewide and $322 million spent on Buckeye-owned goods and services since 2020, JPMorgan Chase is invested in the future of Ohio.

For every home game, the Crew create an environment on the Chase Plaza that unites their supporters ahead of kickoff. Interactive elements align with the club's respective match theme - Champion Columbus, Back to the 90s Night and Battle at the Death Star, for example - in an upbeat setting with music, games, giveaways, corporate partnership activations, specials at The Pub and more. The Chase Plaza also is a destination for fans to gather and enjoy post-match autograph sessions, live performances and various engagements throughout the year, including around major international and domestic soccer tournaments and significant Columbus events.

Prior to each match at Lower.com Field, the Chase Plaza will feature a local small business to provide the unique ability to engage Crew supporters and gain additional exposure for their endeavors. Before the Crew hosted Orlando City SC on May 13 in front of a capacity crowd, Sporting Padula Soccer Academy was the first Columbus business to share its story on the Chase Plaza.

Sporting Padula Soccer Academy recently joined the Crew Network, which is focused on advancing soccer in Ohio and providing access to unique experiences for boys and girls players, coaches and parents. Additionally, Crew Network clubs receive both technical and commercial benefits from the Crew, such as increased brand exposure, access to the Crew's coaching staff and a dedicated pathway into the Columbus Crew Academy for high-potential players.

"Sporting Padula Soccer Academy had a great experience on the Chase Plaza, where we had the opportunity to interact with supporters who love and want to be more involved in the game but may not have known about our youth program," said Sporting Padula Soccer Academy Director Gino Padula, a Crew alumnus (2008-2010) and member of the Black & Gold's 2008 MLS Cup championship season. "Everyone in Columbus wants to support our city and the people here, and we appreciate that the Crew and Chase are embracing that."

This Saturday, the Crew will further display how they Champion Columbus throughout the year, spotlighting everything that makes the city an exceptional place to live, work and play, as well as the Black & Gold's dedication to youth soccer and education in the region. In addition to Columbus-centric groups contributing on the Chase Plaza, the Crew will highlight players' favorite aspects of Columbus, along with other assets celebrating the city.

The Crew and JPMorgan Chase today are also debuting the Chase Meal Deal, which is available to fans at various Lower.com Field concessions stands prior to kickoff beginning with tomorrow's home game against the Colorado Rapids. When using their Chase card, supporters will receive special pricing when purchasing a hotdog, popcorn and bottle of water.

The first 20,000 Crew supporters to enter Lower.com Field on June 3 will receive "Champion Columbus" cooling towels, courtesy of Chase.


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