The list of locations for Austin's possible Major League Soccer stadium has been narrowed down. Precourt Sports Ventures, who announced in October 2017 that it is considering moving the Columbus Crew SC team to the Capital City, has eliminated the Travis County Exposition Center and the site of a former Home Depot at Interstate 35 and St. John’s Avenue as possibilities.
The two locations were out of five potential sites that the City of Austin identified as viable homes for the project. After a tour, reps from PSV told the Austin American-Statesman that the Expo Center did not meet their location and infrastructure needs. MLS Austin lobbyist Richard Suttle also told the newspaper that the Home Depot site “doesn’t check a lot of the boxes we need.”
Three locations remain in the running: Butler Shores Metropolitan Park, Roy Guerrero Metropolitan Park, and McKalla Place. City-owned Butler Shores, the lakeside tract between Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores, continues to be the PSV favorite, although that plan has drawn opposition from some city council members and neighborhood groups.
Although the project is on the council agenda for February 15, it will likely be delayed as PSV continues its vetting process. Once a site is selected, the city will begin a process of analysis and citizen input that will take at least two months, according to acting Austin Parks and Recreation director Kimberley McNeely.
If Austin is selected as the next home of the Crew, PSV aims to have the project completed in time for the 2019 season. The team will be housed in a temporary location during construction.