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Austin FC Stadium Breaks Ground

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Last Monday (Sept. 9), a groundbreaking ceremony took place at Austin FC, marking a major milestone in the project’s steps towards completion.

The event was reportedly attended by Austin FC CEO Anthony Precourt, MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and various city and county officials, front office staffers, local business dignitaries and members of Austin FC’s first supporters’ group.

About the Project

The open-air stadium and soccer park will serve as Major League Soccer's 27th team, is expected to host 20,500 seats and costs $242 million. However, according to Soccer Stadium Digest, the roof will be capable of covering 100% of seats within the stadium.

In April, a development team for the project was publicized, naming Austin Commercial as the construction manager; Gensler as the lead architect; and CAA ICON as the project manager and representative of PSV. Haynes-Eaglin-Waters—a local MWBE consultant—was also hired to ensure minority and women-owned business participation.

According to Fox 7 Austin, the stadium and park will serve as both an entertainment and multipurpose cultural and civic event venue.

“Our stadium will be a place for everyone to celebrate their love of the beautiful game and out great city," explains Austin FC. "A home where Austin comes together as one, cheering our club on to great heights."

Among some of the highlights for the project include a 3,400-fan Supporter Section in the south end, a 650-seat East Club, a 1,500-member West Club and a 380-person Field Club.

Although club amenities vary, options for exterior greenspace seating, direct access to field-level seating, adjacency to the locker room tunnels, all-inclusive food and beverage options and private rentals on non-matchdays are slated to be included.

Outside of the stadium, the site is to feature eight acres of open green space complete with trails and an outdoor amphitheater, in addition to 835 onsite parking spaces and room for 130 affordable residential housing developments—expected to be completed by 2025.

An independent report from Brailsford and Dunlavey estimates that 934 full-time construction jobs will be created due to the project, creating a $103 million economic impact for the area.

What’s Happening Now

Prior to ceremonial shovels hitting the dirt, The Statesman reveals that work was already well underway, as bulldozers could be heard in the distance while visitors arrived at the stadium’s construction site for the groundbreaking event.

“This is an exciting day. We’ve hit a number of milestones but no bigger one than a groundbreaking,” said Anthony Precourt, the managing partner and CEO of Two Oak Ventures and Austin FC.

The first construction steps during the early phases of the project, which rises from a vacant city-owned lot, are to include mass grading and erosion control. However, other phases of the site plan are still waiting on approval.

“Soon we will become the city known as the home of Austin FC,” Adler said.

The new stadium is slated to open in April 2021. Austin FC fans can follow-up on the stadium’s construction process by viewing a recently installed construction cam, here.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Construction; Design; Gensler Architects; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Project Management; Projects - Commercial; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/17/2019, 8:02 AM)

That's close to Kramer station on the single Austin commuter rail line - but it doesn't look like there is an easy pedestrian route. I hope they can work with Cap Metro to put in a sidewalk in the Cap Metro right-of-way. Only 835 onsite parking spaces for a 20,500 seat stadium is going to be interesting.


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