Major League Soccer’s most recently announced franchise, Austin FC, has chosen its construction manager and design partners for a planned new soccer stadium in Texas.
The planned 100%-privately financed 20,500-seat soccer park and stadium is set to break ground in mid-September at McKalla Place.
Austin Commercial has been named as the construction manager; Gensler is the lead architect; and CAA ICON is the project manager and representative for the investor Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV).
The state-of-the-art, natural grass, open-air stadium is designed as an entertainment and multi- purpose cultural and civic event venue that will offer first-class performance and entertainment areas and related facilities.
The landscape design plan for the grounds outside the stadium at McKalla Place will offer public access and amenities.
PSV has committed to privately funding the stadium, which is now estimated to cost $240 million, and also to building a training facility, bringing PSV’s total investment in Austin, including the value of the team, to over $475 million.
Anthony Precourt, chairman and CEO of PSV and Austin FC, said:
Austin FC is pleased to name the construction and design team that will bring to reality our dream of building a world-class sports and entertainment facility for Austin.
This exceptionally talented team will construct a stadium that our club and city will be proud of, and it will open in time for the 2021 Major League Soccer season. I am excited that this will create local jobs and facilities, for all of Austin to enjoy together.
Gensler has led the McKalla Place project from site planning through the current design that elevates the game day experience for Major League Soccer (MLS) fans.
The new stadium will be a setting for entertainment, leisure and outdoor activities for residents and visitors of Austin, when not being utilised as a world-class, professional soccer venue.
Gensler’s Sports practice, with leadership in both LA and Austin, will oversee the project through construction.
CAA ICON will provide project management services throughout the development, design and construction of the stadium including venue programming and design coordination; budget and schedule controls implementation; and oversight of construction and commissioning activities.