City Council identifies sites for potential MLS stadium

Precourt Sports Ventures releases results of October stadium survey


The Austin City Council released the results of its exploration of potential city-owned sites that could be used to build a Major League Soccer stadium on Tuesday. 

Kimberly McNeeley, acting director of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, identified eight different potential sites where a stadium and/or practice facility could be built. 

The City Council was scheduled to vote on the sites at its monthly meeting on Thursday, but will not as the report stated that a more comprehensive stakeholder process is needed and will take more time to complete. 

Soccer sites will still be discussed at Thursday’s meeting, but any action on the subject won't happen until February. 

Investor-operator and chairman Anthony Precourt announced his intention to move Columbus Crew SC from Ohio to Austin in October but emphasized the need for a downtown, soccer-specific stadium. 

Three sites in the report are within the urban core area, according to the map released with the memo. Two other — the Travis County Expo Center and 10414 Mc Kalla Pl. — are outside the requested borders. 

The report also highlighted five sites that might be used for a practice facility, including Austin ISD's Burger Activity Center, which is not city-owned land but AISD agreed is appropriate for discussion at this stage. 

An October survey commissioned by Precourt Sports Ventures was also released Tuesday and polled 400 Austinites about the stadium. Three of four approved bringing an MLS team to the city and 60 percent approved a privately financed stadium. 

Of those polled, 57.3 percent approved using parkland as long as it wasn’t Zilker Park or Auditorium Shores, while 28.6 either disapproved to strongly disapproved of using any parkland whatsoever. 

“What’s exciting is to have affirmation from this independent polling service that Austin would truly value having a Major League Soccer team here,” Precourt Sports Ventures president Dave Greeley said in the release.