Columbus Crew SC operators Precourt Sports Ventures released conceptual renderings for a potential stadium and surrounding area at McKalla Place on Thursday.
The City of Austin is set to release its report on McKalla Place on Friday, fulfilling a resolution passed by City Council in March. City staff hosted a number of community engagement events across the city with featured information and Q&A sessions.
PSV has previously stated that the stadium construction would be fully covered by PSV and that Austin would retain ownership of the stadium and the land.
Jonathan Emmett, principal and design director of the Gensler Sports Practice, which along with TBG and CAA ICON created the renderings, released a statement with the
“The 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. 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.
The soccer park will provide the local community with a network of amenities and landscaped spaces, in and around the venue, that will be active on gamedays and non gamedays alike. Austinites have a strong connection to the outdoors and recreation, the soccer park will provide access to great landscaped spaces and trails to an area of the city that is underserved in this respect.”
Gensler, a San Fransisco-based architecture firm, has worked on other buildings in Austin and helped design the Dallas Mavericks' locker room at American Airlines Arena in Dallas and the newly-opened Banc of California Stadium, home of MLS team LAFC.