Austin FC fans haven’t had an easy time of it lately. A long run of losses, a spot at the bottom of the Western Division, and being included in discussions about the worst expansion team in league history will do that. There’s been lots of grumbling – or outright yelling – about the coach, the technical director, the owner, and the team. Players wrote open letters asking fans to not give up on them. And the fans kept showing … Read the rest “On the Win Last Night”
You’re sitting in your seat at McKalla Place, waiting for the game to start. You watch the teams warming up on the field below, and you sip your exorbitantly expensive beer. You make a comment to the person next to you, and you know what they probably reply?
That’s because the speakers in the roof above you are turned up to eleven, and the music being played by “DJ Chorizo Funk” – a man with a funny stage name … Read the rest “On How Damn Loud the Stadium Is”
Some folks are trying to push the idea that Austin FC has an automatic rivalry with the Columbus Crew, due to our owner’s previous affiliation and attempted relocation of that franchise. The fact that the Crew are one of only two of our games against Eastern Conference teams is a good clue that the league thought there might be some friction here, too.
But in the end that Ohio team – and their fans – wound up losing literally nothing … Read the rest “On the Crew as a Rival”
At the US vs. Nigeria game on Wednesday night, we were part of a full, enthusiastic crowd at McKalla Place, the first in history. The mood was high, the night was warm, and the excitement was electric. Some of our most beloved American stars were on the field, working hard to break down a tough and disciplined Nigerian defense.
And then someone started the wave.
Doing the wave at a game is like breaking out Pictionary or Cards Against Humanity … Read the rest “On the Wave”
Austin FC has partnered with a parking company called Pavemint to manage not only prepaid parking in McKalla Place’s own (small) lots, but also third-party parking areas in the vicinity. Perhaps we’ll see some of the many businesses around the stadium open up their parking lots through Pavemint – looking … Read the rest “Getting to McKalla via the Pavemint Shuttle”
Part two in an ongoing series exploring the options for getting to McKalla Place for games. Previously: Getting to McKalla via the 383
The next option to look at is CapMetro’s commuter rail service, namely the Red Line. This route stretches from Downtown to Leander, and happens to go right by the stadium. Someday there will be a station right at the stadium, but they don’t expect to break ground on that until the end of 2021. In … Read the rest “Getting to McKalla via the Red Line”
Technically this pregame brew is (512) Brewing Company’s “Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter (2021)”. It’s darn tasty, though somehow this barrel-aged version isn’t quite at the level other beers reach. Or is it because it’s a porter instead of a stout?
Anyway, here’a the black, let’s add some Verde (or some Parley Ocean Plastic PrimeBlue, as the case may be) and steal some points in Seattle.
Thanks to Twitter user “Beerwords” (@anavenueblog), we know the starting lineup of beers on tap at McKalla Place for the first home game. First the snapshot of the Scrabble-style signboard, and below, the transcribed list.
This looks to be the opening beer board for @AustinFC's supporter-accessible 20-tap Beer Hall. A few local heroes make the starting lineup: @circlebrew, @PinthouseBeer, @thirsty_planet, @4thtap, @Eastciders. 🤝🏼 pic.twitter.com/y82TwD5CtU
— Beerwords (@anavenueblog) May 25, 2021
We know there’s no big parking garage at McKalla Place. There are plenty of them around the Domain, but until we hear they’re offering gameday parking, it looks like we’ll need to be more imaginative about getting to the game than simply driving there in our cars. This post is part of an ongoing series exploring some of the options. See also: Getting to McKalla via the Red Line
Well, that 2-1 loss wasn’t the result we wanted, or thought we might get away with, in Kansas City last night.
We know this game will never be remembered as anything other than The One Where Alex Ring Got a Red Card and Then We Lost, but we’d like go on the record about the player himself. That game description implies causality, as does much of the postgame coverage (example from The Striker Texas: Red card costs Austin … Read the rest “On Alex Ring”