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Plans advance for new Austin soccer stadium

Renderings have been released of what a new $200 million stadium in Austin, Texas, for the Columbus Crew SC might look like.

Columbus Crew owners Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) have been searching for a stadium site since announcing plans to potentially relocate the Major League Soccer club last October.

A suitable 24-acre site has now been identified at McKalla Place in north Austin near the Domain.

The design for the proposed stadium has been drawn up by Gensler, TBG and CAA Icon. Jonathan Emmett, principal and design director of the Gensler Sports Practice said:

The soccer park at McKalla Place offers an incredible opportunity to create a world class match-day experience in the urban core of Austin.

While influenced by great European venues, with intimate seating bowls that put fans right on top of the action, we are also drawing heavily on the incredibly diverse and vibrant local culture, to create a uniquely ‘Austin’ experience for MLS fans.

The venue and match-day experience will incorporate strong local influences on food & beverage; live music and technology. Careful orientation and the design of the roof canopy will ensure ample shading while strategically placed open corners will allow for cooling breezes.

He said the soccer park will provide the local community with a network of amenities and landscaped spaces, in and around the venue, that will be active on gamedays and non gamedays alike. He added:

Austinites have a strong connection to the outdoors and recreation, the soccer park will provide access to great landscaped spaces and trails to an area of the city that is underserved in this respect.

PSV confirmed in October that it was exploring the option of moving the team to Austin, stating that its current business model is unsustainable.

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