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 brand new Bold Stadium is really nice, a grass pitch and just about every amenity you could want, once you get out to COTA.
Today marks another significant milestone in the advancement of soccer in Austin, as our forthcoming MLS team broke ground at McKalla Place on a full-size, state-of-the-art, soccer-specific stadium inside Austin’s city limits. Today it’s just branded shovels and awkward helmets – if McConaughey can’t make that helmet look cool, then nobody can – and there will inevitably be delays and bumps in the road. But it has begun.
This. Is. Happening.
Austin FC Stadium (future; McKalla Place)