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Austin FC stadium groundbreaking set for Monday

On Monday, Austin FC will make history as it starts groundbreaking on its $242 million stadium, set to open in April 2021 for the team’s inaugural Major League Soccer season. 

MLS commissioner Don Garber is scheduled to attend the event, according to a media advisory released by the club this week. He’ll join Austin mayor Steve Adler and Austin FC CEO Anthony Precourt, reuniting the three from their January joint appearance to officially declare the club MLS’s 27th. 

A select group of invitees, including front office staff, representatives of the Austin Anthem supporters’ group and media representatives, will be in attendance. The event could also include members of the expanded investor group announced Aug. 23.

The event will also be streamed by the club, with information on the stream to be made available Monday via its Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 5, as Pro Soccer USA reported on Aug. 21 following an Austin FC “State of the Stadium” media event. However, “unforeseen scheduling conflicts with key participants” necessitated the date change, according to the advisory.

Austin FC coach Josh Wolff would likely have been unavailable for a Thursday event; he was with the U.S. men’s national team in New Jersey in preparation for Friday’s match with Mexico. Wolff is working with U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter’s staff through November as he transitions into the full-time head coaching role.

Wolff, announced by the club last month via an official press event and a meet-and-greet with fans, was also part of the investment group announcement a few weeks ago. 

The change in date will not affect the construction schedule, the club asserted in its advisory. 

Monday’s event will come two days after a different sort of history-making for the club. The Austin FC Academy makes history today with its first competitive match in San Antonio.

The first academy team of U-14 players was announced in May and Academy general manager Tyson Wahl has been preparing the players for competition since. Austin FC Academy teams are aiming to participate in the 2021 edition of the Generation adidas Cup at the FC Dallas complex in Frisco, Texas. 

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