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Columbus Crew Update: Austin Narrows Its Search For A Stadium Location

The potential spot is located in downtown Austin.

Butler Shores Metropolitan Park is looking like it might be the next location for a Major League Soccer team, according to a report from Will Anderson, digital editor of the Austin Business Journal.

The report also states that Butler Shore Metropolitan Park has been reported by numerous media outlets that it stands as the preferred location for Anthony Precourt and Precourt Venture Sports. Butler Shore Metropolitan Park is 15-acres and overlooks a river within the city.

According to reports, the new stadium in downtown Austin would cost thereabouts $200 million. Precourt and PSV have been vocal about needing private funding to build a new stadium. If the site is approved by the Austin City Council, it will be interesting to see what Precourt’s next move will be. If things continue to go down the road they are currently on, it’s more than likely safe to assume Precourt will begin sourcing private funders almost immediately after the site is approved.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, Alex Fischer, had met with Precourt in November where both parties left ‘disappointed’ that deal couldn’t be made. Following the meeting, Columbus Business First reported Ginther and Fischer sent Precourt a letter with three locations for a new stadium in Columbus that fit his requirements of being downtown. The letter also included options for ownership—which included a 50/50 ownership with local investors and using the model the Green Bay Packers uses—since Precourt had stated he does not wish to outright sell the team.  Precourt responded with being “open to productive dialogue” as previously Precourt stated he wanted concrete proposals from the city of Columbus.

The Schottenstein Real Estate Group also offered the Crew a location in downtown Columbus near Huntington Park. According to another report from Columbus Business First, SRE President, Brian Schottenstein, said his company met with an officer of the Columbus Crew where SRE offered free land to the Crew as well as intending to help the Crew work a deal with government agencies for a discounted and fair reimbursement plan. This move was done to gauge the Crews’ intentions, Schottenstein said in the CBF article, but the Crew did not move forward with the deal. Since then, the SRE plans to redevelop the section of land northwest of Hunting Park has been ended. 

The Austin City Council has until Dec. 14 to present their report of potential locations.

Mitch Hooper

Mitch Hooper

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