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Expect packed stands at Q2 stadium for first Austin FC match

A rendering of fans standing shoulder-to-shoulder at Q2 stadium.

The first Austin FC match to be played at the new Q2 Stadium will be with a sea of fans as the city and club officials revealed stadium capacity will be at 100%.


The first game, against the San Jose Earthquakes, will take place June 19. Ahead of that game, the U.S. Women's National Team will be the first to play in the stadium on June 16. The Q2 stadium can fill up to 20,500 people; 75% of seating will go to season ticket holders.

Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Andy Brown, Austin-Travis County Health Authority Mark Escott all attended the press conference on Monday. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

"This place was meant to be played in front of a full crowd," Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said. "We want Q2 stadium to be an intimidating atmosphere for the visiting team."

The announcement, made Monday, was expected as the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City that fully vaccinated individuals can ditch masks in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Vaccine cards or negative COVID test results will not be required for stadium entrance. For those still unvaccinated, the county will provide vaccines at the first home game for those that want to receive it.

Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Mark Escott said while they will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation as needed as the game approaches but he is optimistic for a return to normal.

"We have high confidence that the vaccine is going to continue to be effective," Escott said. "As we go into the summer, the situation is going to continue to improve... because that's what the data is telling us."

The question of if masks will be required at the stadium is still unanswered as Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said an answer will come closer to the game.

Austin FC won't be the first sporting event to be held at full capacity as the University of Texas held its first baseball game with no social distancing requirements last week.

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

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

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.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 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