PSV Unveils Austin Stadium Rendering For Potential Crew Move
Precourt Sports Ventures revealed plans for an MLS stadium in Austin, should the Crew move to the city, on a 24-acre, city-owned property at McKalla Place that includes "three access roads, limited on-site parking and a canopy encompassing the entire seating bowl," according to Kevin Lyttle of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. PSV aims to "make a proposal to the city within the next two weeks." The site has been "largely vacant since it was purchased from a chemical company" in '95. City Council Member Kathie Tovo noted that there "wasn’t much information in the site plan but likes parts of what she saw." Tovo said, “The three access points are a real positive. ... I’m encouraged that the Precourt group is thinking about ways the site can benefit the community.” The site plan "includes 1,000 parking spaces for cars and 500 spaces for bikes." PSV President Dave Greeley said that there are "approximately 10,000 spaces within a 20-minute walk." Deals would "have to be negotiated with those owners." Fans will "find shade once inside the stadium" as there is a "canopy planned over the 20,000-seating area." The plan also "includes music and performance space east of the stadium" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. 5/16). SOCCER AMERICA's Paul Kennedy noted if PSV "wants to leave Columbus for Austin -- into a temporary site -- for the 2019 season, it will likely need a decision at one of the two city council meetings in June." The next meeting after that "isn't until August, perhaps too late for planning purposes" (SOCCERAMERICA.com, 5/16). PRO SOCCER USA's Evan Weese noted Austin-based landscape architect TBG Partners and design firm Gensler are "cited as contributors to the rendering" (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 5/15).