Austin FC's Q2 Stadium to open at full capacity with masks required

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Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said Q2 Stadium could safely open at full capacity. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, said Q2 Stadium could safely open at full capacity. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin FC will operate Q2 Stadium at full capacity for the Major League Soccer club's first home match June 19 against the San Jose Earthquakes, following approval from Austin Public Health. Tickets will also be sold at up to 100% capacity for the stadium's first major event, a scrimmage between the U.S. Women's National Team and Nigeria on June 16.

Austin FC representatives and officials from Austin and Travis County said local progress with COVID-19 vaccinations and reduced viral spread had made the announcement possible.

"This is a monumental moment for Austin and for Q2 Stadium. It's representative of the trajectory that the city has moved towards, and we as a community have helped build up to that," Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said at a news conference.

At full capacity, Q2 Stadium can hold around 22,600 people. In line with APH's recommendations for large events exceeding capacity of 2,500 people, the stadium will require attendees to wear masks. Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter, although Travis County staff, including County Judge Andy Brown, will offer coronavirus vaccines to anyone in attendance who wants one at the home opener.

"I'm happy to hear that Austin FC is helping out with that. All of their coaches, all of their players, are already vaccinated, and what a great example, what great role models for young people who look at sports teams and coaching staff as an indicator of what they should be doing," said Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority.

Escott said no plans are in place to require COVID-19 testing or screening prior to admittance to matches.

Tickets for the first six home matches of the year, held between mid-June and the end of July, will go on sale May 26 to those on the season ticket waitlist and May 27 to the general public.

"Today we get to celebrate coming out of a year of just horrendous events and a horrendous time," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. "What you learn is that a community that sticks together, that disciplines itself, that wears masks as it's supposed to, that gets vaccinated at the numbers that we're getting vaccinated, there is benefit and normalcy that comes to a community that does that."
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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