City Council to review report about possible MLS stadium sites Dec. 14

The staff report assessing city-owned property that could become home to a Major League Soccer team will be discussed at the Austin City Council meeting on Dec. 14.

Precourt Sports Ventures, owners of Columbus Crew SC, announced Oct. 17 that they are exploring a move to Austin.

On Nov. 9, City Council member Kathie Tovo’s resolution to explore potential sites in the urban core was unanimously passed only after it was expanded to include the whole of Austin. Tovo then amended the resolution to have a report-back date one week later than originally intended.

With a larger project, Tovo said, it made sense to give city staff more time to complete their study. They were tasked with doing an inventory of city-owned property, including possibly under-utilized parkland, that could be a stadium site and also instructed to analyze the effects of an MLS team on the community.

Tovo said it is not unusual for items to be rescheduled or backed up a week or more.

Mayor Steve Adler and Tovo each told the American-Statesman on Tuesday that they have not had a sneak peek at the staff’s work and will wait until the study is completed.

“I look forward to seeing it because this is an exciting opportunity for our city,” Adler said. “We have an MLS team coming to us, publicly declaring they are interested in relocating here.”

Tovo said council members will see the report in the days leading up to the Dec. 14 meeting.

“It could be they write us a memo or make a presentation at one of our work sessions. That hasn’t been determined yet,” she said.

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