The investor-operator of Columbus Crew SC is “pleased and grateful” for Austin City Council’s decision to move forward with stadium discussions, clearing way for the club’s potential relocation to Austin, Texas in 2019.
Following a marathon meeting that lasted into the early hours of Friday morning, City Council voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with investor-operator Precourt Sports Ventures over a stadium planned on the 24-acre McKalla Place site 10 miles north of downtown Austin.
In a statement thanking Austin officials and supporters in that city, Precourt Sports Ventures said it would like to be in a position to enter into an agreement by the next council meeting on August 9.
“We have heard from a large number of Austinites, across all districts and backgrounds that the community remains strongly in favor of bringing MLS to Austin,” Precourt Sports Ventures said in the statement. “We have acted as a collaborative partner with the city and remain optimistic on the prospects of negotiating a deal with the city on MLS2ATX. Our focus remains on creating a community asset that the vast majority of Austinites want.”
There is work to be done to seal the relocation, but the Austin American-Statesman reports there’s a feeling of inevitability in Austin.
“I believe there is a good deal to be made here,” Mayor Steve Adler said, according to the publication.
Precourt Sports Ventures, which purchased Crew SC in 2013, announced last October it was pursuing a move to Austin due to business metrics in Columbus.