Austin FC on July 14 announced design plans for the North Building—a section of its $260 million stadium that will house a beer hall, the team’s merchandise store and a hospitality lounge.
“The North Building design update represents an investment in guest amenities which we believe will be in high demand during a stadium event,” said Andy Loughnane, Austin FC president, in a July 14 news release.
The beer hall will be able to house up to 400 fans in an air-conditioned space, according to the news release from Austin FC. Further details show the beer hall, located on the second floor of the North Building, will offer 18 draughts, 20 TVs and a large video wall. The bar will be open to fans before, during and after Austin FC games.
Austin FC’s official merchandise store will be accessible to the beer hall on the second floor. According to the team’s news release, the store will span across two stories in the North Building. The store has been expanded from its original design, the team stated, and will now occupy 5,000 square feet of the North Building’s first and second floors.
On the third floor of the North Building, Austin FC will build a private hospitality lounge for groups and special events. The lounge will offer an “elevated view” of the games and can host groups of 10-50 people, according to the team’s news release.
A portion of the North Building will be occupied by Austin FC officials. Some technical and training staff will be housed at the St. David’s Performance Center, the future training site for its senior team and academy players located near Tech Ridge in North Austin. Austin FC officials broke ground on the St. David’s Performance Center in June.
Team officials say construction of the stadium near the intersection at Burnet Road and Braker Lane has not been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and is on schedule to complete on time in spring 2021. The stadium will open with an estimated 22,500 seats, though Austin FC stated in the July 14 news release that the North Building has been designed to “accommodate expandable seating capacity” in the future, if necessary.