AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC, the city’s new Major League Soccer team, will hire over a hundred people by Spring 2021, president Andy Loughnane told KXAN Wednesday.
Late last year, it was announced that the City had signed an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures LLC. to build a landmark 20,000-seat stadium at McKalla Place on 24 acres of city-owned land.
The team will hire 115 people by 2021, not including the players and coaches, Loughnane said. But there is no finite timeline on hiring a general manager and coach but they don’t plan on making the hires before Fall 2019 and possibly not until 2020.
“We will spend the next two-plus years building the team, so that means building the infrastructure — the stadium, a training facility — we will build our staff, we’ll build our supporter base, we’ll build our season ticket base, we’ll build our corporate partner base, we’ll build trust with the community,” Loughnane said.
“We’ll plan to break ground (on the stadium) on September 1, 2019,” Loughnane said. Austin FC officials hope after an 18-month construction cycle, the infrastructure will be ready by Spring 2020.
In early January, a group calling themselves “Friends of McKalla Place,” delivered a 29,000-signature petition to the City clerk in opposition to the stadium. If the petition is verified, it could be up for a public vote in May.
“The Mayor has said in a very informative and declarative way that the petition if it were to advance, does not affect the Major League Soccer project at McKalla Place,” Loughnane said. “We’re confident we will continue to move forward and begin our construction plans later this Fall.”
Along with the soccer stadium, Precourt Sports Ventures has also committed to building 130 affordable housing units in the city. The location and timeline for these units are undetermined.
Listen to Andy Loughnane’s full interview with KXAN above.