Crew To Move To Austin Barring New Downtown Stadium

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2017

Austin Major Steve Adler said in July he believes Austinites are ready for a professional team and would be a great market for ALS.

Columbus Crew was established as an MLS team in 1994.

If you woke up this morning wondering why Columbus Crew is trending on Twitter, here's your answer: Sports Illustrated reported late Monday night the team might be moving to Austin, Texas, after next season. He also reiterated a couple of times that he's only looking at "Downtown locations that are accessible to the most people possible", and added that he's spent a lot of time in Texas, and Austin, and thinks the Keep Austin Weird culture would be a flawless fit for the town's first major league sports team.

In 2008, the team won the MLS Cup. "Soccer is the world's game, and with Austin's growing presence as an global city, combined with its strong multicultural foundation, MLS in Austin could be an ideal fit". Precourt declined to comment about any talks that could result in a new downtown soccer-specific stadium there.

"Despite our investments and efforts, the current course is not sustainable", Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures and chairman of Columbus Crew SC, said.

Precourt Sports Ventures has been in communication with city and community leaders in Columbus regarding its concerns since early 2016.

"As attendance League-wide continues to grow on a record-setting pace, and markets across the country seek to join MLS, Columbus' situation is particularly concerning", said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a prepared statement.

However, reports say MLS already has trademarks for team names in Austin. One source told the Dispatch a plan to play home games at the University of Texas in 2019 is "all but done".

Moving to Austin would require the ownership group to find a league-approved stadium, according to the news release.

NOTE: Please be aware that you will need an active Bet365 account to watch New York City FC v Columbus Crew in USA MLS. A USL team was planned for Austin in 2019, but the future of that seems to be unknown if the Crew does indeed move there.

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