Crew license plates available once again throughout Ohio

Fan-sponsored petition succeeds in bringing back Crew-branded Ohio plates; sale begins today

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today that Crew-branded Ohio license plates are going on sale beginning Thursday, April 11 at local offices of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The plates – which feature the Crew’s iconic crest – begin at $35.00 annually in addition to the normal state registration fees. A portion of all sales directly benefits the Crew Soccer Foundation as well as the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

“This is yet another opportunity for our supporters to showcase their love for the club and take the Crew brand wherever they go,” said Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers. “We appreciate the work that was put towards this project and are excited that it will benefit the Crew Soccer Foundation and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.”

The plates are available statewide once again thanks to a Crew supporters’-driven petition that began in 2012 with more than 700 signatures, indicating interest in purchasing the special plates. The efforts were driven by season ticket holder and Crew Union member Marla Reichenbach, along with fellow season ticket holder Garret Kinderman. The two worked closely with Crew Union and fellow supporters group Hudson Street Hooligans to acquire signatures with the hopes that additional Crew-branded plates in the state of Ohio would increase support and awareness of the club in its push toward Goal 10K – the organization’s drive toward obtaining over 10,000 season ticket holders.

“We are excited that fans of the Columbus Crew will be able to show their pride by displaying a specialty Ohio license plate on their vehicle,” said Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. “The purchase of one of these plates will also allow Crew supporters to assist the sports commission's efforts to position our region as one of the best sports destinations in the country by bringing a wide range of sporting events to our community.”

Requests for special plates can be made at any Deputy Registrar’s office. Requests can also be made by calling the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-589-TAGS (1-800-589-8247), Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET. Reserved and personalized special plates are available for additional fees. A complete list of special plate pricing information can be found via http://bmv.ohio.gov/special_plates.stm.