Austin FC Unveils Plans For $45M, St. David's-Branded Practice Facility
MLS expansion club Austin FC and its ownership group, Two Oak Ventures, released "details and renderings" of a $45M training facility, the St. David's Performance Center, which "will sit on 23 acres in Northeast Austin," according to Chris Bils of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Texas-based St. David's HealthCare "purchased naming rights to the facility in addition to becoming the team's first founding partner." The training venue will "encompass four full-size soccer fields along with 30,000 square feet where players, coaches and other soccer operations staff will work, train, eat, watch film, recover and receive medical care." While much of the front-office staff will be located at the stadium, "only five miles" from the practice facility, "soccer operations will be at the St. David's Performance Center." Three of the facility's fields will be natural grass, and the fourth will have an "artificial turf surface with stands currently designed to fit approximately 1,000 spectators for academy matches." Austin FC also could have the "capability to use an air-conditioned bubble." The center is "scheduled to be completed in time for the team's first regular-season MLS match" in spring '21, and it will be "privately funded by Two Oak Ventures" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 11/13).