The City of Austin has it all—live music, great food, hike & bike trails, and fantastic schools. But, for a long time, the city has lacked one ingredient that some would say is essential to a major city. In fact, as the 11th most populous city in the United States, it is highly unusual that Austin doesn’t yet have several of these yet...
What ingredient are we talking about? That’s right—a professional sports team. The University of Texas hasn’t minded the absence, as college sports have basically been our pro team of choice in Austin. Avid pro fans can also always look north to Dallas, south to San Antonio or east to Houston to scratch the itch even more.
In 2016, the Austin Sol (ultimate frisbee) became the very first professional sports team in Austin, although most Austinites would be hard pressed to tell where and when they play (Can you?).
However, on September 5th, everyone will know that a PROFESSIONAL sports team is coming to town. Austin FC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a $242 million North Austin soccer stadium. The stadium site, located on 24 acres at McKalla Place near The Domain, is on track to host the league's 27th team beginning in the spring of 2021.
According to the Austin Business Journal, Dave Greeley, the president of the Austin FC parent company Two Oak Ventures, hopes to make an additional announcement in the coming weeks about the details of a separate training facility for the team that is also in the works.
In addition, we all know one of the investors in Austin FC. We know him not just from the movies, but also from his face at all of the UT home games. Matthew McConaughy has joined the investor group bringing the team to town. According to McConaughy, "Austin FC is a healthy investment in our city's culture and future. The most diverse and borderless game in the world is now coming to one of the most multicultural, creative and diverse cities in the world."
So, Austin…How should we react to getting our first MAJOR professional sports team? Well, in the words of McConaughy, I guess we should all just say, “All right. All right. All right!”