An MLS stadium in north Austin? Here’s your chance to sound off

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McKalla Place

Whether you love the idea of a Major League Soccer stadium in north Austin or hate it — or are somewhere in between — you have two upcoming opportunities to sound off on the potential plan.

The city is holding information sessions on May 8 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center at 2913 Northland Dr. and again on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Montopolis Recreation Center at 1200 Montopolis Dr.

The events are free and open to everyone, with free parking available on site.

The Austin City Council passed a resolution on March 22 directing city staff to start the community engagement process and give a detailed analysis of 10414 McKalla Place — 24 acres of publicly-owned land next to the intersection of Burnet Road and Braker Lane. 

Their report will then go before City Council no later than June 1.

“Input given will help the city determine the community benefits that should be considered when entering into a partnership for a project,” the city said in a statement. 

The city considers McKalla Place well-situated in “Austin’s preferred growth corridor,” not far from The Domain shopping center.

Precourt Sports Ventures originally hoped to bring the Columbus, Ohio-based Columbus Crew team to a stadium in parkland along Lady Bird Lake in the “urban core” of Austin, but criticism from city council members and the public shut down those plans. 

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