Arena District Property Owner Willing to Sell for New Crew Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The owner of an undeveloped parcel of land, being looked at as a possible site for a new downtown soccer stadium for the Columbus Crew, is saying he would be willing to negotiate a sale.  

Martin Savko's company, Savko and Sons, owns one of two possible site locations near Huntington Park being looked at as a new home for the Crew.  

Savko told reporters Monday he is more than willing to discuss selling the property and he supports keeping the team in Columbus.  

League officials and the Savkos did add that discussions were in the very early stages and no formal process of negotiations had begun.

Last week, it was announced that Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam is teaming up with a local investor to negotiate the purchase of the team, to prevent it from moving to Austin, Texas.

Their deal is also contingent on a new downtown stadium for the Crew. 

Mapfre Stadium originally opened as Columbus Crew Stadium in 1999, and is located on state-owned land near the Ohio Expo Center.

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