Could a new Major League Soccer stadium be coming to downtown Austin?
We’re getting our first look at early conceptual renderings of a 20,000-seat stadium that could host Major League Soccer (MLS) games, should the Columbus Crew franchise relocate to Austin. The rendering shows what a stadium might look like on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, with a panoramic view of Austin’s skyline in the background.
In November, City Council passed a resolution to explore potential sites for a MLS soccer stadium as well as the potential effects on the surrounding community. The sites being considered include city owned property and under-utilized parkland.
While no sites have been selected, the 200 South Lamar site has been identified by franchise representatives as “virtually perfect”. It is owned by the City of Austin and is currently the Butler Shores at Town Lake Central Park. The stadium would be built on the western end of the park, and the east portion of the park would be preserved.
The site plan for the proposed stadium contains “little to no on-site parking”, and officials are proposing that attendees would get to the stadium using shuttles, walking, and ride-sharing services.
City Council is scheduled to discuss this site, and other potential sites, during their December 14th meeting.