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Austin FC claims MLS record for season-ticket deposits

Austin FC announced on Wednesday that it had set a Major League Soccer record for the largest number of season-ticket deposits secured by a team in a single day.

Such was the demand for memberships to select seat locations for the expansion team’s inaugural MLS season in 2021 that the club’s official website briefly crashed.

No figures, however, were released abut how many season-ticket deposits were placed or what was the previous league record. Austin FC president Andy Loughnane would only say in a statement that “thousands and thousands” of memberships were acquired.

The deposits, which are fully refundable, cost fans $50 and $100 for general seating and premium seating respectively. Up to eight seats per account can be reserved.

Team representatives will look to covert these down-payments into full season tickets between this winter and the summer of 2020.

This initial interest in the team appears to justify owner Anthony Precourt’s controversial decision to set up a team in Austin.

Precourt had initially looked to relocate the Columbus Crew, his previous team, to the Texas city as he felt that Columbus was not a viable market.

But a massive local outcry by Crew fans and multiple lawsuits filed in Ohio against Precourt and MLS led to a compromise whereby Precourt gained a new team in Austin while a new ownership group would keep the Crew in Columbus.