Austin FC releases transportation plan with details for off-site parking, rideshare drop-off zones

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Austin FC released details on how fans can get in and out of Q2 Stadium on game days. Details include schedules and stops for public transit, including the MetroRail Red Line, which drops off fans one mile north of the stadium. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin FC released details on how fans can get in and out of Q2 Stadium on game days. Details include schedules and stops for public transit, including the MetroRail Red Line, which drops off fans one mile north of the stadium. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

In anticipation of tens of thousands of fans set to converge on Q2 Stadium for Austin FC’s June home opener, the professional soccer club has released its comprehensive transportation plan for fans arriving and leaving the North Austin stadium site.

Austin FC on May 26 presented its transportation and mobility plan, which includes preparations for public transit, pedestrians and cyclists, rideshare options, private shuttles, and parking lots.

On-site parking at the stadium is limited to less than 1,000 total spots, and those are reserved for select season ticket memberships. In its May 26 news release, Austin FC states it estimates approximately 5,000 off-site parking spaces will be needed on game days to accommodate fans.

Some off-site parking lots will be available to fans looking to drive to North Austin during games. Two of these lots—the Gray Gravel Lot and the Orange Lot—are located adjacent to the stadium off Burnet Road. There will also be a shuttle transporting fans from the Green Garage in The Domain, located off Feathergrass Court approximately a half-mile northwest of the Q2 Stadium site.

Fans will need to secure their spots in these lots ahead of games through a website and app called Pavemint. Prices for parking spots on the website currently range from $22-$25 for Austin FC games. For special events, such as the upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team match to open Q2 Stadium, parking passes can cost up to $50.

There is no designated fan parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, such as Gracywoods and the North Austin Civic Association, according to the Austin FC website.

As a result of limited available parking spots at the stadium, the large majority of fans will need to plan alternative transportation to Q2 Stadium on game days.

“Preplanning your trip to Q2 Stadium will be an important step for all guests,” Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said in the team’s news release.

According to the team’s website, a Capital Metro bus stop will drop off fans in front of the stadium on Burnet Road at the intersection with Bright Verde Way. The regional transit agency recently released plans to increase service on certain bus lines on Austin FC game days in order to facilitate large numbers of fans coming in and out of the stadium site. There are three Capital Metro bus stops located less than a half-mile from Q2 Stadium.

Capital Metro has also resumed Saturday service for its MetroRail, meaning fans can use the Red Line to get to games. The Kramer Station is the closest Red Line stop to Q2 Stadium, about a 20-minute walk for fans. Construction on a new $24 million MetroRail station closer to the stadium is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Q2 Stadium further will have a designated drop-off zone in the southwest portion of the stadium site for game attendees using rideshare services such as Lyft or Uber. Taxis and limousines can also use this drop off area, according to the team’s website.

When leaving the game, fans using rideshare services will need to walk to pick-up zones north and south of the stadium on Brockton Drive and Rutland Drive, respectively.

Private shuttles will be able to access Q2 Stadium through Panhandle Road on the northern end of the stadium site. Per the transportation plan, shuttles will need to be registered with Q2 Stadium through a form within 72 hours of any event.

Austin FC has also established a bicycle valet program for cyclists attending games. This free valet service is located on the east side of Q2 Stadium and is accessible through McKalla Place or Aguilar Street.

For full details on the Austin FC transportation plan and mobility options to arrive at Q2 Stadium, visit the team’s website.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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