Austin City Council approves study on soccer stadium site at McKalla Place

The Austin City Council agreed late Thursday night on a resolution to explore the feasibility of a North Austin site for a soccer stadium Precourt Sports Ventures, owner of Columbus Crew SC, wants to build in Austin.

Deadline. The council approved a June 1 deadline for the city manager to complete the community engagement process and issue a detailed site analysis.

PSV's lobbyist, Richard Suttle, says a decision in June is necessary for his client to move ahead with its move from Columbus to Austin (at a temporary site) in 2019. Council meetings are scheduled for June 14 and June 28.

The city-owned property, McKalla Place, is located 10 miles from downtown Austin -- MLS has concentrated its expansion efforts on downtown stadium sites -- but near a popular mall, the Domain. The 24-acre site is a former chemical dump site.

Scope.  The study will have to weigh the opportunity costs of building the $200 million soccer stadium in North Austin -- the community benefits of the stadium PSV will pay for as opposed to other uses for the property such as housing.

“We’re impressed with the potential of McKalla Place and believe we could create a privately funded, world-class soccer stadium there,” Anthony Precourt, Precourt Sports Ventures' CEO, recently said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to working together with the city as we continue to assess the viability of this site.”

PSV, which claims a team at McKalla Place will generate more than $300 million in public benefit over the next 25 years, shifted its attention to McKalla Place after it was rebuffed in its efforts to develop support for building a soccer stadium at a pair of city-owned parks, Butler Shores Park and Guerrero Park.
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