AUSTIN, Texas - Could Austin be home to a Major League Soccer team? Seems like a long shot, but it’s possible.
Precourt Sports Ventues, LLC, which owns the Columbus Crew SC, Tuesday announced it is exploring options to ensure the long-term viability of the club, and relocation to Austin is on the table.
Dissatisfaction with the team’s current stadium in Columbus, Ohio, is the issue.
“As attendance League-wide continues to grow on a record-setting pace, and markets across the county seek to join MLS, Columbus’ situation is particularly concerning,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “Despite PSV’s significant investments and improvements on and off the field, Columbus Crew SC is near the bottom of the League in all business metrics and the Club’s stadium is no longer competitive with other venues across MLS.”
Of course, relocation to Austin would require an MLS-approved stadium plan, and location is the key. Studies show downtown locations and community destinations do best.
PSV officials are set to be in Austin to discuss the exploration on Wednesday.