Tensions are sure to run high at Austin FC's second-ever home match as they take on owner Anthony Precourt's former team, Columbus Crew SC, at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
For those not able to grab those high-demand tickets, here's some watch parties around the city where you can sit back or jump around as you watch the match.
Hotel Vegas watch party, 1502 E 6th Street
.@karbachbrewing + Do512 are coming together with some of our favorite local pubs to cheer on @AustinFC! Join us, starting this Sunday at @HotelVegasATX.— Do512 (@Do512) June 23, 2021
Find all details here: https://t.co/BEFZ2CszGhpic.twitter.com/hwVZbQDZWo
Karbach Brewing and Do512 are putting on a watch party series pub style for the next four matches, starting with East Sixth Street bar Hotel Vegas.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., DJ Manolo Black of Peligrosa will kick off the party with some tunes before kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy food and drink specials and enter here to win a VIP table.
Austin Anthem at Circle Brewing, 2340 W Braker Ln
For our matchday event @circlebrew this Sunday 6/27, we're thrilled to once again have the folks from @Mix947Austin helping to get the party going. Be sure and catch their show, and come see them with us on Sunday as we cheer on Austin FC against Columbus Crew! #AustinAnthempic.twitter.com/V5SeAdUov7— Austin Anthem (@AustinAnthem) June 25, 2021
Located just walking distance from Q2 Stadium, Austin Anthem will bring all-day fun and music from radio station Mix 94.7 at their watch party at Circle Brewing on Sunday.
Oak Army New Braunfels heads to Austin, 10615 Metric Btvd
New Braunfels-based Austin FC fan club Oak Army New Braunfels is taking on Austin at 4th Tap Brewing. The watch party, which is also just minutes from Q2 Stadium, will kick off at 4 p.m. before some members head to the home match.
Austin FC Pub Clubs
Over 30 bars and pubs from Round Rock to San Marcos have agreed to play every Austin FC match. See if your neighborhood bar is a member here.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."