In the last update on Austin FC, we report the 20,500-seat stadium was in the works. It’s getting exciting as the stadium is now 75 percent complete and remains on schedule. Be sure to check out the current status on the Austin FC Stadium cam. It’s very cool to watch especially the time-lapse videos.
If you want to see it in person, drive to Burnet Road and Braker Lane. The canopy and stadium seating are just about done. But the next question is what will happen with the 2021 season.
Austin FC Inaugural 2021 Season
The good news is that the team plans to host 17 home games in 2021. That’s the only certainty for the season. Major League Soccer typically begins its new season in March. With news of the vaccine, it could be on track. Or they may have to delay it.
The other concern is the number of fans that will be allowed to attend. This year’s MLS season either had no fans or a small capacity. MLS teams are following their local government guidelines. Season ticket holders already have dibs on 60 percent of the stadium’s seats. That amounts to roughly 25,000 seats.
Nonetheless, Austin FC plans to host special events. One such event is a watch party for an away match at Austin FC’s home. The events are most likely to be smaller depending on the status of the pandemic. They also want to hold a first responders appreciation event.
If you haven’t kept up with soccer aka football in the rest of the world, Major League Soccer suspended the season in March due to the pandemic. The league found a way to return safely and held a tournament in Orlando, Florida. The MLS playoffs are currently in progress.
Austin FC Team Starts to Come Together
An Austin FC player is already making the news. Cecilio Dominguez is the first designated player on the team. The MLS website has a video of an impressive goal he made for Club Guarani. Another transfer from Club Guarani is the first person to sign with Austin FC. He’s Rodney Redes from Paraguay.
Recently appointed Austin FC coaches include Noland Sheldon and Rodrigo Rios. They have joined head coach Josh Wolff’s staff as assistant coaches along with Davy Arnaud. Sheldon comes from D.C. United where he has worked for 10 years. Rios’ experience includes Atlanta United club’s U-19 academy coach and had a supporting role in the first team under head coach Tata Martino.
Looks like 2021 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Austin and soccer.