Ground broken on £196m soccer park and stadium in US

WCN Editorial Team 10 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Two Oak Ventures and Austin FC have broken ground on the privately-funded $242m (£196.3m) soccer park and stadium in Austin, US.

Located at 10414 McKalla Place in Austin, the 20,500-seat stadium is owned by the City of Austin. It is operated by Austin FC, the first major league team in Austin and the 27th club to join Major League Soccer (MLS).

Austin FC and Two Oak Ventures managing partner and CEO Anthony Precourt said: “Today marks another major milestone for Two Oak Ventures and Austin FC as we officially break ground on the City of Austin’s new stadium and soccer park, fulfilling a promise to our community.

“We have set out not only to build one of the most tech-forward, modern and eco-friendly sporting, entertainment and community venues in North America, but also to make it a welcoming and proud gathering place for all Austinites. Once complete, this stadium will be a new home for both Austin FC and our whole community. We are delighted that work officially starts today.”

With approximately 835 spots for onsite event parking, the soccer park and stadium is scheduled to be commissioned in spring 2021.

The open-air stadium will feature a design that maximizes various cooling techniques and airflow circulation. It will also feature canopy coverage over 100% of the seats, concourses, and plaza entries.

Major League Soccer president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott said: “This publicly-owned stadium, as the home of Austin FC, demonstrates the club’s unwavering commitment to providing fans a world-class sports and entertainment experience.

“Soccer specific stadiums have been a cornerstone of Major League Soccer’s growth. This state-of-the-art facility will continue to raise the profile of Austin on the world stage, give fans an electric atmosphere to enjoy matches, and serve as a gathering place for the entire community.”

Planned to be built with a natural grass playing surface, the multipurpose stadium has been strategically designed to accommodate a variety of community and spectator events.

The development also features three climate-controlled club lounges programmable for Austin FC matches and other events as well as Public Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and WiFi systems throughout the stadium.

Austin Commercial is responsible for providing overall construction management and general contracting services for the new stadium while Gensler is the lead architect firm.

CAA ICON is in charge of overall project management services throughout the development, design and construction of the stadium.

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Image: Officials from Austin FC among others during the ground breaking ceremony of soccer park and stadium in Austin. Photo: courtesy of Austin FC.

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