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Work on $260M TX Soccer Stadium Completes

Friday, April 23, 2021

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The new Major League Soccer stadium in Austin—dubbed Q2 Stadium—is now complete, according to reports that note that all that’s left for the June 17 opening is some landscaping and finishing touches.

The $260 million home of Austin FC received its name earlier this year with a multi-year deal with Q2 Holdings, Inc., an Austin-based provider for banking and lending.

Austin FC President Andy Loughnane confirmed that construction is complete earlier this week, noting that there’s just some finishing touches left on the 20,500-seat venue.

About the Project

Back in March 2019, Investor Precourt Sports Ventures confirmed the firms that would lead the way for the professional soccer franchise Austin FC’s new stadium.

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The new Major League Soccer stadium in Austin—dubbed Q2 Stadium—is now complete, according to reports that note that all that’s left for the June 17 opening is some landscaping and finishing touches.

The development team included 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.

The 100% privately financed is considered “open air,” however, the roof is capable of covering all seats within the stadium. That roof, though, is what drove the price tag up from the initially estimated $200 million.

Loughnane said in a 2019 interview that a main item that drove up the price was an expansion to the roof, which will make the facility’s cover the second largest in terms of soccer venues behind Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls.

Mark Waggoner, principal with structural engineer Walter P Moore, noted that the design team needed to structure the roof to keep it as economical as possible. To do this, the team used a cable-supported system that mimicked long-span bridge construction. The entire steel canopy is about 2,700 tons, part of the 5,011 tons of structural steel in the whole stadium.

At the time, PSV said that it was working with Austin’s Office of Sustainability to achieve LEED Silver status and estimated that about 1,000 construction-related jobs would be created.

A few months later in June 2019, project officials released new renderings of the stadium, revealing updated design concepts for the stadium’s interior, which includes 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.

Club amenities vary but are slated to include 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.

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.

Last November, Loughnane announced that the stadium was 75% complete and on track for the spring opening, despite delays from the COVID-19 pandemic.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Completed projects; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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