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Inside look: new Austin FC stadium gets closer to completion
(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Austin's soccer fans can rejoice and prepare to experience soccer as they never have before in their hometown. Austin's first and only Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, will kick off the excitement with the grand opening of its new stadium.


The $242 million privately-funded facility is on track to open in the spring of 2021 and—COVID-19 permitting—begin the 2021 season in the team's new home at 10414 McKalla Place.

On a 23.5 acre plot, the new stadium has a green seat for 20,500 people with 15,500 season tickets already sold-out and 5,000 general admission tickets available on game day.

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Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said Austin's love for soccer created the demand for the new stadium.

"It's a growth sport across the country," Loughnane said. "The intersection of Austin being a market without a major league team, Austin being a city that loves the sport of soccer, the intersection of soccer and Austin's ripeness, it's just the perfect combination of pent up demand."

As of today, the stadium is about 75% finished. Green seats are being laid, grass has been planted and it is starting to look game ready.

With open corners for air-ventilation and a distinct wing on top to protect crowds from the sun, the stadium was designed with fan comfort in mind.

The stadium's wing extends over the seats and provides extra air ventilation for games on hot days.(Laura Figi/Austonia)

"I know Austin's ready from an emotional, spiritual perspective; this market has so much pent up demand for major league sports," Loughnane said. "I think we're meant to be the sort of flag bearer for all of Austin."

Though the stadium is being built specifically to host soccer games, the new venue will have something for everyone. Loughnane said the stadium was designed around Austin, which means it must include live music.

A view from where the stage will be placed inside the stadium.(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Upon completion, Austin FC's stadium will be able to host concerts for up to 22,000 people.

The stadium will also feature a beer hall and merchandise area.

"The stadium is inspired by Austin, between the sum of the architectural features of the stadium," Loughnane said. "We've made an investment in the stadium that represents the sounds of Austin, the tastes of Austin, and, you know, the smells of Austin. Some of that will come to life soon enough."

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

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Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway