With the high temperature in Columbus, U.S. Soccer is encouraging fans attending tonight's USA-Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Columbus Crew Stadium to be aware of the dangers of overheating and take steps to protect themselves.
Stadium gates open at 5:45 p.m. and kickoff is at 8 p.m. Temperatures could still be in the low 90s at the start of the match.
Fans will be allowed to bring in one factory-sealed 20-ounce plastic water bottle OR one empty 20-ounce plastic water bottle into the stadium.
Fans can purchase more water bottles at the concession stands or refill empty water bottles at water fountains located in main concourse. There are water fountains outside each restroom in the stadium.
To prevent heat illness and dehydration:
Drink lots of water. Avoid drinking liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, which cause the loss of body fluid.
Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Fans tailgating outside the stadium in direct sunshine should try to rest often in shady areas.
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
Medical staff will be on hand to provide emergency medical services. Paramedics will be stationed at each corner of the stadium and First Aid is located in the lower concourse of the southwest corner.
Sept. 10, 2013
Dear Ticket Buyer,
Thanks so much for coming out to be a part of this huge FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Mexico in Columbus. This is truly one of the biggest rivalries in the world, and with so much on the line it's going to be a very special occasion for everyone.
We are coming off a difficult defeat against a fantastic Costa Rica team. We had a big setback before the game with the injury to Michael Bradley, and by the time we recovered it was already 2-0! The players responded very well and we showed a lot of good soccer in the second half, but unfortunately we weren't able to get the result. That only makes this game that much bigger.
We come into the game in Columbus with the mission of getting three points and moving back on top of the group. Obviously there are some adjustments to make having three players suspended, but we have spent the last two years building a great amount of depth on the roster and we are very confident that we have a group that can get the job done.
There is a reason that this game is played at Columbus Crew Stadium. The atmosphere is unbelievable, and with more than 9,000 people in the supporters sections alone, we know that the support will be absolutely amazing. As we have seen in venues all across the country, the home crowd can make a huge difference for us and we appreciate everything that you do.
We always knew that the qualifying campaign was going to be long and difficult, and in this round every team has been capable of getting results. Our focus remains clear - we want to go to Brazil. With your help, we know we will get there!
We hope you have a memorable evening. Thanks again for your support.
U.S. Men's National Team
U.S. Soccer looks forward to hosting you on Tuesday for the U.S. Men's National Team's match against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET.
WITH THE MATCH SOLD OUT, WE ENCOURAGE ALL FANS TO ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND ENTER THE STADIUM WELL IN ADVANCE OF KICKOFF.
In this e-mail you will find information and links that will help with your preparations and enhance your experience at the stadium. Parking lots open at 11 a.m. ET and the gates to the stadium open at 5:45 p.m. ET.
Thanks for your support,
U.S. Soccer Events Department
U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico
Columbus Crew Stadium
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Stadium Gates: 5:45 p.m. ET
Set your DVR: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas
Listen on Radio: ESPN Deportes Radio
Lots open at 11:00 a.m. ET
Parking Info: [web]
Address: One Black and Gold Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43211
Phone Number: (614) 447-2739
Coordinates: 40.0094° N, 82.9911° W
The parking lots will open at 11 a.m. ET and tailgating will be permitted for this event. Open flames and glass bottles are not permitted. Please be responsible and respectful of others while on site. And as always, if you see something, say something.
Gates 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 open at 5:45 p.m. ET
Policies and Prohibited Items
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:
Purses larger than 12" x 6" x 12"
Duffel bags or luggage of any kind
Computer, camera or any bag larger than 12" x 6" x 12"
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
Any item that can be used as a projectile or deemed as dangerous
Cameras with detachable lenses
Firearms (regardless of concealed carry permits)
Weapons of any kind (knives, bats, tasers, etc.)
Flag poles or PVC poles of any kind
Food or beverages of any kind
Pyrotechnics or incendiary devices of any kind
Seat cushions with backs
Prohibited items that are discovered during security checks must either be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded. No items may be left at the gate to pick-up after the event. Exceptions to the above list of prohibited items will be made for medical equipment after it has been properly inspected.
Crew Stadium reserves the right search all patrons, fans and employees entering the venue with the use of appropriate techniques including, but not limited to: waistline checks, pat downs, wanding, or metal detectors. Individuals entering the Stadium may be requested to remove items from their pockets during these processes. Please arrive early to avoid delays.
Thank you for your cooperation with all Crew Stadium safety policies.