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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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