Lovely full flyover of stadium construction at McKalla Place so far:
Chronicle Soccer Watch on Austin FC’s first player signing:
“It seems like a confident move, and a forward-looking one: They didn’t need to splash money on a marquee name, because they’ve already got the city’s attention; a youngster with a lot of upside is more on brand.”
Austin FC has announced it’s first-ever player signing: Paraguayan forward Rodney Redes (pronounced “Rreh-dess”). He’ll remain on loan to Club Guaraní, one of the oldest and most successful in Paraguay’s Primera División, until January, 2021. Welcome, Rodney!
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) July 6, 2020
The big news is, Austin FC is starting the next phase of ticket sales, in the supporters’ section. The other news is what a polite atmosphere it will be 😄 (pretty sure that should be chant).
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Depending on the day, anyone in a several-mile radius can see that a stadium is being constructed in North Austin near the Domain.
“It’s a pretty rewarding emotion,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said. “Just in the last two weeks alone we’ve gone vertical quickly. I think the community is probably starting to become aware that this is real.”
…There are about 450 construction workers on site six days a week (Sundays off), Loughnane said, with six cranes currently in
With the 2020 USL Championship season delayed (at a minimum) and a venue that relies on the large crowds now prohibited due to the pandemic, Bobby Epstein’s staff reductions at COTA include Roberto Silva, general manager of Austin Bold FC (and before that, the Austin Aztex).
We are still a year away from watching our city’s first major league team take the pitch, yet Austin FC has already charted an ambitious start. For those of you that have followed sports in Austin over the last few decades, you know that securing a stadium has been the largest hurdle for any professional sports organization searching for sustainable success.
Austin FC has not only secured a stadium site, and inside Austin’s city limits at that, they have broken … Read the rest “Unquestionable Ambition”
Soccer supporters in Austin have chased the game all over town, this past decade:
Dragon Stadium (Round Rock HS)
Nelson Field (John H. Reagan HS)
House Park (Austin ISD)
Mike A. Myers Stadium (UT)
Shoal Creek (during its temporary expansion)
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (RRISD)
Bold Stadium (Circuit of the Americas)
Some of these are clearly better than others. House Park has a certain shabby-chic 1930s charm, but the high-school football fields generally were very, very far from ideal. The … Read the rest “Austin Soccer Stadiums Past, Present, & Future”