Major League Soccer expansion club Austin FC has unveiled plans for a $45m training center in Northeast Austin, which will house the first team and academy teams.
The 30,000-square foot St. David’s Performance Center will contain four full-size soccer fields along with spaces for players, coaches and other staff to work, train, eat, watch film, recover and receive medical care. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the team’s inaugural MLS match in spring 2021.
“As an ownership group, we really wanted to make a statement that we’re going to build a world-class facility that’s going to represent what type of club we’re going to be,” Anthony Precourt, majority owner and CEO of ownership group Two Oak Ventures and Austin FC, told the American-Statesman. “It’s a recruiting tool for players and coaches. We’re going to have the best infrastructure we can and be in a position to set everybody up for success. With a $45 million budget, I think we’re going to be able to achieve that.”
In May, Austin FC announced that Austin-based healthcare provider St. David’s HealthCare had become the MLS team’s first sponsorship partner, which would include branding on the club’s training facility and practice jerseys.
Austin FC has received 35,000 season-ticket deposits, including an MLS record 30,000 in the first 24 hours of availability. Hollywood actor and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is a minority owner.