The Columbus Crew is an American professional soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception.
The club was owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas until his 2006 death. Upon his death, his son Clark Hunt took over his sports properties. The Crew currently plays their home games at Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium ever built by an MLS franchise, with a seating capacity of 20,455 – as of the 2008 Season. From 1996 to 1998, the Crew played their home games at Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University. The nickname “the Crew” is the result of a local fan contest. The team colors are black and gold. The team mascot is Crew Cat.