AUSTIN (KXAN) — New renderings of how an empty lot in north Austin could be transformed into a Major League Soccer stadium were released Thursday morning.
Precourt Sports Ventures, the group wanting to move Columbus Crew to Austin, hired Gensler, TBC and CAA ICON to provide mockups of what the stadium could look like at McKalla Place including an interior view.
“The renderings were absolutely gorgeous,” said Andrew Urban, vice president of the MLS in Austin Supporters Group. “I was excited to see the parkland, I was excited to see the environmental aspects of it, the knowing the transportation area that it’s next to the entertainment areas that it’s next to.”
Jonathan Emmett, the principal and design director of the Gensler Sports Practice, says the designs draw from Austin’s “vibrant local culture.” European venues also had an influence on the designs. The stadium will also be built to provide ample shade.
When not in use for soccer games, the team’s owner wants the venue to be accessible for its landscaped spaces and trails.
Earlier this month, Precourt Sports Ventures released a conceptual site plan showing three parking areas that will also be built along with an outdoor music and performance area.
“This is what we’ve been dreaming for and it’s here,” said Urban. “Austin’s going to be enjoying MLS in 2019. We’re ready.”
However, in order for this dream to become a reality, the City Council needs to sign off on the location.
But, there’s a problem, owners of the Crew are currently fighting a legal challenge in Ohio, to keep the team there.
City staff is expected to provide the Austin City Council with a detailed analysis of the viability of an MLS stadium and team on Friday.