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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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