Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber has officially designated the Austin Football Club (FC) as the 27th team to become a part of the MLS.
With over 500 excited and cheering soccer enthusiasts gathering at the Rustic Tap bar, Garber was joined by Austin FC Chairman Anthony Precourt and City Mayor Steve Adler on Tuesday.
Garber described Austin as a thriving and dynamic metropolitan urban area that has a political and strategic significance to the nation.
Thus, he expressed his optimism for Austin FC, which joined the MLS like other Texas-based professional soccer clubs alongside the Houston Dynamo and the FC Dallas.
The launching of Austin FC also involved the planned construction of a privately-funded 20,000-seater sports arena in North Austin.
Last year, following the launching of the soccer club, the Austin City Council approved the stadium’s establishment as a component of the deal with the team.
On December 19, the City of Austin and Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC. (PSV) made it known to the public that they have agreed to erect the sports arena.
Its groundbreaking is expected to be held this year. Moreover, the stadium is anticipated to be completed by 2021, in time for the first game of Austin FC.
The city-owned, 24-acre parcel of land situated at 10414 McKalla Place will be the location of the sports arena.
Precourt, Austin FC’s owner and his company, PSV, will wholly finance the $225-million soccer stadium.
During the declaration of Austin FC as a new member of the MLS, Precourt expressed his delight and pride to have succeeded in his pursuit of bringing the soccer team to the capital of Texas.
He also confirmed their mission to organize a competitive team and the building of a top-of-the-line sports arena.
The Austin FC owner also cited that they intend to propagate a football club culture that huddles people together and always shares to the community.
The Austin FC will start playing in 2021. It is Austin’s first major professional sports team, with the capital of Texas being the 11th most populated city in the US.
In August, the brand launching was held for the confirmed new soccer franchise. The controlling stakes of Austin FC are owned by Precourt.