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Lower.com Field

Lower.com Field is Columbus Crew’s new MLS Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to Crew home matches, the 460,000-square-foot stadium hosts FIFA and U.S. Soccer national team matches as well as concerts and community events. Construction began in October 2019 and was completed in July 2021.

The stadium cost $314 million and is located at the center of the mixed-use Astor Park development. It seats 20,000 spectators and includes 30 suites and 1,900 club seats. The stadium was built 22 feet below grade to bring fans closer to the pitch.

DBA, a UES company, performed a preliminary subsurface investigation to provide specific supplemental geotechnical data for the design of a secant pile wall system to encompass the field area that was initially excavated to approximately 25 feet below surrounding grades.  The design function of the secant pile wall was to provide both groundwater cutoff, which was heavily influenced by the nearby Olentangy River, and for permanent earth retention.  Given the complex nature of the adjacent stadium foundation system, DBA designed the secant pile system as a cantilevered wall without the need for tie backs that would interfere with the new stadium foundations, and underground utilities.  DBA also performed the design of other earth retention components for the access ramp to the field from the street grade surrounding the lower playing field elevation.  This earth retention system consisted of a series of h-pile/lagging walls that utilized tie backs in the less congested area where the access ramp was located.

CLIENT

Columbus Crew (MLS Team)

LOCATION

Columbus, OH

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Geophysical Technologies