Precourt Sports Ventures has released conceptual renderings for a potential soccer stadium at McKalla Place in Austin, Texas.
PSV wants to move the Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer from Ohio to Austin. The company is focusing on McKalla Place, a 24-acre city-owned tract in north Austin.
The conceptual development renderings released Thursday from Gensler, TBG and CAA ICON include a southwest aerial view, a northwest entry gate view and a view of the stadium interior.
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Jonathan Emmett, principal and design director of Gensler Sports Practice, said in a statement the chance for a soccer park at McKalla Place "offers an incredible opportunity to create a world class match-day experience in the urban core of Austin."
"While influenced by great European venues, with intimate seating bowls that put fans right on top of the action, we are also drawing heavily on the incredibly diverse and vibrant local culture, to create a uniquely ‘Austin’ experience for MLS fans," he said." The venue and match-day experience will incorporate strong local influences on food & beverage; live music and technology.
"Careful orientation and the design of the roof canopy will ensure ample shading while strategically placed open corners will allow for cooling breezes," he added.
Emmett said the soccer park would provide the community with "a network of amenities and landscaped spaces, in and around the venue, that will be active on gamedays and non gamedays alike."
The city is expected to release a detailed analysis of McKalla Place as a stadium site by the end of the week. An internal city analysis and emails obtained by the Austin Business Journal show that the site had been considered for affordable housing.
PSV also plans to unveil its finalized stadium proposal by June 1. Follow this link to read ABJ’s in-depth cover story examining the proposed soccer team shift to Austin.