Austin begins process to research potential sites for a Major League Soccer stadium

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In the wake of news that a Major League Soccer team is considering a move to Austin, City Council on Thursday initiated a process to begin researching land that could host a professional soccer stadium.

City staff is scheduled to return to City Council by Dec. 7 with recommendations for potential stadium sites. Although the resolution originally focused on land within the urban core, it was amended to include land options throughout Austin proper.

The resolution comes less than a month after Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew, announced that he wanted to relocate the team to Austin after encountering issues in Columbus. The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area is the largest in the United States without a professional sports team.

Precourt said his business, Precourt Sports Ventures, is committed to fully funding the team’s move to Austin and the stadium’s construction. Richard Suttle, a representative for Precourt Sports Ventures said his client was not seeking any public funding to execute the relocation.

Precourt Sports Ventures issued a statement following City Council’s decision.

“While this is an early step, it is an important one that underscores Precourt Sports Ventures’ belief that Austin would be an excellent home for a Major League Soccer club,” the statement read. “With the right site, Precourt Sports Ventures remains committed to privately funding the construction of a soccer-specific facility.”

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  1. This guy is sleezy. MLS led San Antonio on for a soccer team, and now there 15 million in the hole with a stadium and a professional sports management group The Spurs that’s going to have to pay a 5 million dollar fine to the city because Austin and SA can’t both have MLS apparently. Precourt is wanting to move his team from Columbus where he has some of the largest attendance in the league, because the City won’t subsidize a stadium. Get ready Austin Precourt Group is all lies leading you on for future subsidies to this team. This owner needs to find another city!

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Christopher Neely

Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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