Tune in to KXAN News at 4:30 p.m. as anchor Sally Hernandez takes viewers on a tour of the first element of Q2 Stadium to open to fans.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC’s first home game isn’t until June 19, but soccer fans can get a taste of that experience starting Saturday, May 1. Austin FC plans to open up its Verde Store, the retail shop for all things Austin FC.
The multi-level store has more than 5,000 square feet of T-shirts, jerseys, hats and plenty of Yeti gear. It will be housed in the North building of Q2 Stadium.
Austin FC says the Verde Store will “feature Austin’s widest selection of Austin FC merchandise and co-branded products.” They’ll also occasionally launch new Yeti products from the store.
“The range and quality of products available within the Verde Store exemplify the growing excitement surrounding Austin FC,” Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said in a statement.
Fans will also notice a tribute to Austin’s art community.
On the day before the grand opening of the Verde Store, a muralist from Austin was seen painting tops of recycled Yeti coolers to display on the wall of the second floor store.
“It is wildly honoring to be invited to create art here. Both Yeti, this store and Austin FC have really committed to engaging local artists. You’ll see art throughout the stadium that tells the story of Austin in creative ways,” said Emily Eisenhart, a well-known muralist who has work displayed on buildings along Congress Avenue in downtown Austin.
Incorporating local artists was something Loughnane said was purposely done, “As part of our commitment to the city’s tapestry of art, there are elements of art throughout the stadium, and the Verde store is one of the those locations.”
Austin FC said the retail store will be open year round. They hope to invoke Austin’s music scene and its creative community.
The store will also offer a range of limited edition and rotating team apparel that you can only get at the Verde Store.