As reported by the American-Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle, Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein made a case Wednesday for why COTA would be a good site for a Major League Soccer team. Epstein was approached by Capella Capital Partners about a joint effort with Precourt Sports Ventures to build a stadium at COTA. “I made Capella the same offer I made (Anthony) Precourt,” Epstein told the American-Statesman. “COTA is willing to give the land free of charge. MLS would have an easily accessible stadium that could make use of already existing parking and road infrastructure, benefit from an experienced event workforce and be close to a strong soccer community.”
Tom Watterson: Put all this sports nonsense in one place — where there are already 20,000 parking spaces — and the alleged throngs of soccer fans can go cheer their Ohio team without jacking up MoPac.
Jesse J. Mesa: Na, build the stadium in the city, near the Domain. The Circuit is way too far.
Robert Walker: Finally, a smart suggestion that will save taxpayers from another City Council and mayor boondoggle.
Joseph Iley: Here is an idea: Leave the Columbus MLS team in Columbus. Austin needs to get either a professional baseball or basketball team first. Both of which will draw bigger crowds and more money for the city than a MLS team.
Jason Luebbe: McKalla is only the second-best place. Butler Shores would have been better. … Just building in the middle of nowhere is just bad business.
Anthony Hernandez: If everyone wants an MLS team so bad, they wouldn’t care where the stadium is; whether it’s in Del Valle, or Hutto they would go to the games. It’s not like they would fight for an MLS team to come here and then not go to games because of where the stadium is located.
Richard Sivage: When Dell Diamond was built it was in the country; look at it now, plus the water park complex coming soon.