AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC fans will have a number of different transportation choices as they try to get to Q2 Stadium this season. Team officials say they are still developing some of those plans and will release more details in the coming weeks, but KXAN has learned the team will partner with the Domain retail and residential development for extra off-site parking spots.
Capital Metro will also expand and enhance public transit options on gamedays, and many people will also likely get to the games using Uber or Lyft and take advantage of a dedicated rideshare drop-off point.
Here are the transportation options to get to Q2 Stadium:
Austin FC parking options
On-site parking at Q2 Stadium
There are 850 parking spots available for the 20,500-seat Q2 Stadium. That means the vast majority of Austin FC fans will not be parking on-site at the stadium. Still, Austin FC said it expects it will need about 5,000 parking spaces for each match-day beyond the 850 parking spots at Q2 Stadium.
For those on-site parking spots, Austin FC pre-sells them to Club season ticket holders, which will be part of their mobile tickets. There are three different parking lots:
- East Lot – Accessed from Aguilar Street off Braker Lane. Available to Season Ticket Members with 4 or more tickets located in the Captain Morgan Club and Captain Morgan Club East Loges. MAP
- North Lot – Accessed from Bright Verde Way off Burnet Road. Available to Season Ticket Members with 4 or more tickets located in the Lexus Club and Lexus Club West Loges. MAP
- Southwest Lot – Accessed from McKalla Place off Rutland Drive. Available to Suite Holders and Season Ticket Members with 4 or more tickets located in the Q2 Field Club and Porch Loges. MAP
During non-Austin FC events — like matches featuring the U.S. Men’s or Women’s National Team — parking at the on-site lots will cost $50.
Off-site parking near Q2 Stadium
Austin FC has partnered with the company Pavemint to secure parking spaces at parking lots and garages within a mile of Q2 Stadium, including at The Domain. Pre-purchases for those parking spaces are now available on the Pavemint app.
- Gray Gravel Lot at 10615 Burnet Road for $35
- Domain Green Garage Shuttle by Dillard’s at 3221 Feathergrass Court for $22.
“Pre-planning your trip to Q2 Stadium will be an important step for all guests,” Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said in a statement. “Our partnership with Pavemint will now provide access to pre-paid parking spaces, which can be reserved well in advance of your arrival.”
Pavemint also allows people who live near the stadium to sign up to sell parking spaces they own. Think of it as Airbnb — but for parking.
Best routes for driving to Q2 Stadium
Here are tips for specific routes Austin FC recommends for driving to Q2 Stadium depending on which direction you’re coming from. (It’s at the bottom of the page.)
Austin FC park and ride to Q2 Stadium
There will also be two transit Park & Rides with buses to Q2 Stadium:
- North Lamar Transit Center
- Pavilion Park & Ride
After fans park at these locations, CapMetro’s Route 383 bus will then drop fans off at the stadium and pick them up after the game and return them to their vehicles.
How to take Capital Metro bus or train to Austin FC stadium
Capital Metro is also working to provide several options to hopefully get people out of their cars and into buses or trains to the stadium. Here’s how the public transportation authority plans to do that:
Take a CapMetro bus to Q2 Stadium
CapMetro will increase frequency on several bus routes near Q2 Stadium:
- MetroRapid 803 will run at least every 8 minutes and drop fans off in front of the stadium. After the game, extra MetroRapid buses will line up along Bright Verde Way to help fans get home.
- Route 3, which has a stop by the stadium, will operate on a normal schedule.
- Route 383 will increase routes to every 15 minutes with drop-offs at the stadium. As mentioned, it will also offer service to the nearby Park & Rides.
- Route 392 will increase routes to every 20 minutes. It will run between Q2 Stadium and Tech Ridge Transit Center.
Take a CapMetro train to Q2 Stadium
CapMetro will offer MetroRail service to and from Austin FC home games.
The Red Line will serve as a huge route to and from the stadium from locations in downtown Austin, Plaza Saltillo in east Austin and locations all the way north to Leander and Lakeline Station.
CapMetro says fans can get off at the Kramer Station, then walk about 15 minutes to the stadium.
The new McKalla Station won’t be ready until next year, but eventually it will be the gameday rail stop to get to Q2.
How to take an Uber, Lyft, taxi or private shuttle to Austin FC games
Uber, Lyft and taxis will likely also be options many fans will explore on gamedays.
Austin FC will offer a dedicated drop-off point for rideshare companies on the west side of Q2 Stadium. It will also offer a pick-up area after the matches north and south of Q2 Stadium on Brockton Drive and Rutland Drive.
If Austin FC games are similar to many high-profile events and festivals in the city, you will likely find a reasonably priced fare to the game, but surge prices could make it a lot more expensive trip home.
How to book a private shuttle to Austin FC game
Private shuttles will be available by pre-registering through Austin FC and have a dedicated pick-up and drop-off area on the north end of Q2 Stadium. You must pre-register within 72 hours of each match.
Austin FC fans can then book private shuttles. Companies offering shuttles include:
- Experience Austin – $39 with pickups in downtown Austin, south Austin and east Austin
If you plan to provide a private shuttle service to Austin FC games and want to be included on this list, email KXAN here.
Improvements help fans walk, bike to Q2 Stadium
Austin city transportation officials are nearly done with work on Phase I improvements to Burnet Road and Braker Lane near the stadium. There are new sidewalks and shared-use paths. This should help fans safely get to and from the park should they choose to walk or bike.
Austin FC says it has also invested in a bicycle valet system that is free to fans. This is on the east side of Q2 Stadium.