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MLS stadium plans revealed

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin has a sky-level look at its (potentially) first non-U.S. football stadium. On Tuesday, Precourt Sports Ventures – owners of the Columbus Crew professional soccer team – released a conceptual site plan for a 20,000-seat stadium it plans to build in North Austin if the team relocates to Austin. The stadium would sit on nearly 25 acres of formerly industrial property owned by the city and known as McKalla Place, and it is drawn to have 1,000 parking spaces. That number makes the presence of a MetroRail route immediately east of the site a potentially key component of moving fans to and from the stadium. Following the release of the conceptual rendering, consultant Dan Vaillant of Creative Artists Agency ICON released a statement saying Precourt will complete a full parking and transit plan once an agreement is in place for the group to use the property for the privately financed stadium. He also said there are 10,000 parking spaces within a 15- or 20-minute walk of the site and that a shuttle program would be used to transport fans from parking areas to the site. Precourt is expected to deliver a full proposal for the stadium development to City Council by June 1.

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