Precourt Sports Ventures sent a letter to the Austin City Council on Tuesday affirming the company's interest in moving its Major Leage Soccer franchise from Columbus, Ohio to the Austin area. The letter said PSV is focusing its efforts to negotiate for a stadium site in northwest Austin near the Domain shopping area.
The McKalla Place site has risen to the top of the company's list of possible sites after community protests and city council members' objections led to other sites closer to downtown Austin being rejected.
The letter also outlined what PSV estimates as $326 million in economic benefits to the community over the next 25 years, should the MLS franchise begin operations here in Central Texas.
With a focus on McKalla Place, PSV calls the outline its “Commitment to the Community” and wants to start the conversation about the benefits to the city of using the city-owned land near The Domain.
“We strongly believe, based on polling, other research, demographics and the dynamic personality of Austin, this community is an ideal fit for Major League Soccer — young, multicultural, digitally sophisticated, and a great 21st Century American metropolitan area to live, work and play,” the letter says.
“If we earn the privilege, our club, which will become the hometown club for all of Austin to embrace, will be a great contributor to this community for generations to come, bringing all Austinites together under a common cause.”
According to the letter, 2,500 annual hours of volunteerism and $2.5 million from PSV and supporters would go to foundation communities, Boys & Girls Club, AISD Foundation and other organizations to be determined.
Additionally, $4 million in charitable donations will go to nonprofit organizations and there will be $1.35 million in direct revenue to local food and beverage companies.
PSV’s commitment to youth soccer includes free soccer training for underserved youth, soccer camps and clinics, equipment donations for deserving young athletes and the operation of a U.S. Soccer-sanctioned Development Academy for elite players from the U12-U18/19 level.
PSV previously focused on sites at Butler Shores and Guerrero Park and released a benefits figure of more than $400 million to accompany those sites.
The letter clarified that their main focus is firmly fixed McKalla Place, which is city-owned land, not parkland, and the difference in benefits is tied to the difference in site.
Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo drafted a resolution instructing the city to do further research at McKalla Place and provide community benefits. The resolution will be voted on during the City Council meeting on Mar. 22.
The City Manager is instructed to report back no later than June 1 with additional information about the site.
“We believe in Austin, what the community represents, and what we could accomplish together. A soccer stadium on city-owned land is a befitting and enriching use of this community space,” the letter said. “If given the opportunity, we would fulfill the public trust to maximize Austin’s enjoyment of this city-owned site.”
Precourt Sports Ventures believes that bringing #MLS2ATX would result in numerous benefits to the city. Today, PSV released its Commitment to the Community detailing those benefits. https://t.co/7t9e7q03m6— MLS2ATX (@mls2atx) March 13, 2018