AUSTIN, Texas – The city council in Austin, Texas took a step Thursday night to prepare for the potential move of a Major League Soccer team to the city.
In October, news broke that the owner of the Columbus Crew, Anthony Precourt, is looking to move the team - possibly to Austin, Texas.
Austin city council members approved a resolution “directing the City Manager to identify City-owned sites that could be used by a Major League Soccer team, as well as community benefits that could be generated by such a use”.
Members from the community spoke to council members and made their cases about how they think the city should move forward.
Council members then discussed the resolution and decided they are open to working with other MLS teams, not just Columbus Crew SC or Precourt Sports Ventures.
That was added as an amendment to the resolution which passed unanimously.
Alex Fischer of Columbus Partnership told 10TV the meeting between him, Precourt, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Columbus Andrew Ginther will take place in New York on November 15 to discuss the future of the team.
To read the draft before any amendments were added, click here.
Precourt Sports Ventures released the following statement Thursday night:
Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution today directing city staff to identify potential locations for a soccer park in Austin, including city-owned land in the urban core.
While this is an early step, it is an important one that underscores Precourt Sports Ventures’ belief that Austin would be an excellent home for a Major League Soccer club.
We are encouraged by Council’s decision and look forward to working with city staff to find an appropriate site with the potential to provide extensive community benefits to greater Austin and its residents. With the right site, Precourt Sports Ventures remains committed to privately funding the construction of a soccer-specific facility.
We appreciate the warm welcome from the Austin community and thank Council for its leadership and support of bringing Major League Soccer to Austin.