"...Austin's soccer saga is officially a mess. Last Friday, one week after reiterating their shunning of the offer to move their Columbus Crew into a new stadium out by the Travis County Expo Center, Anthony Precourt and company also announced that Precourt Sports Ventures (which owns the Crew) no longer seek to site their privately funded 20,000-person, $200 million stadium in Butler Shores – the ownership group's first choice for a stadium outside of (and perhaps including) a new one in their native Columbus...."
"...Looks like if the city’s going to adopt a Major League Soccer franchise that it’ll be housing said club at McKalla Place. Just a few minutes ago, Precourt Sports Ventures CEO Anthony Precourt put out a statement indicating that the city-owned tract just north of Rutland Drive is Destination A for a new, privately funded soccer stadium to house the team that’s currently the Columbus Crew...."
"...The Los Angeles sports office for Gensler architects has been working on the site plan for McKalla Place, Precourt Sports Ventures’ current top choice for a soccer destination for its potentially relocating Columbus Crew, and today released a proposed layout for the North Austin site...."
"...Late last Tuesday, after much anticipation, Precourt Sports Ventures sent a letter to City Council outlining the $326 million the Columbus Crew owners could potentially provide in community benefits should the organization be "granted the privilege" of using the city-owned McKalla Place property just north of Rutland Drive. The four-page missive, attributed to PSV CEO Anthony Precourt and President Dave Greeley, described a "commitment to the community," which is essentially a rough sketch of how a professional soccer team could benefit key stakeholders in the city over a 25-year period..."
"...Attorneys representing Precourt Sports Ventures and Major League Soccer laid out their case for dismissing a lawsuit intended to prevent them from moving the Columbus Crew last week, arguing that the law cited in the suit stood in violation of both the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions, and also that the plaintiffs – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein – had little factual evidence to support their claim that the law applied to PSV...."
"...After four weeks of negotiations, representatives from the city and Precourt Sports Ventures have agreed to a set of terms for a potential deal to bring the Columbus Crew to Austin. Highlights of the revised deal include an increase in the rent paid for use of the city-owned McKalla Place site from $1 per year to $550,000 per year, beginning in the sixth year of the deal..."
"...Who's funding the Austin for a Better Future PAC, the group waging public opposition to Precourt Sports Ventures' plan to bring their Columbus Crew to Austin? The PAC popped up in late June and began promoting a video claiming a deal between PSV and the city would amount to a "billion-dollar giveaway" of taxpayer money. The claim has since been debunked by several economists, and the PAC's campaign finance reports revealed that the group received a single pledge of $30,000 from another PAC – former City Council Member Don Zimmerman's Travis County Taxpayers Union – and zero dollars in political contributions...."
"...More bad news for Precourt Sports Ventures, who last night saw the city's Parks and Recreation Board unanimously pass a resolution to recommend the city take Roy G. Guerrero Park off the table as a possible stadium site for the flirtatious Columbus Crew..."
"...The big soccer news last week was that Precourt Sports Ventures announced McKalla Place as their new favorite site for an Austin stadium. The declaration, issued last Thursday, comes after failed attempts at securing parkland in the city's urban core – first at Butler Shores and then at Roy G..."
"...Precourt has a previous connection with Austin: Shortly after his ownership group, Precourt Sports Ventures, took over the Crew in 2013, he initiated an affiliation with the Austin Aztex that included player loans, publicity cross-promotions, and a Crew visit to Austin for an exhibition series in 2015. Those games were played at … Mike Myers Stadium...."
"...Precourt Sports Ventures unveiled their plan Tuesday for transforming McKalla Place into a 20,000-seat soccer stadium for the potentially relocating Columbus Crew. The map details on-site parking for 1,000 cars and 500 bikes, trails, open space, and more; and leaves out affordable housing..."
"...City Council will vote on taking another step toward bringing a Major League Soccer team to Austin on Thursday – and at the same meeting will discuss potential alternative uses for McKalla Place. Item 19 on the agenda would "authorize negotiation and execution of agreements with Precourt Sports Ventures" to bring a soccer stadium to McKalla, using the term sheet negotiated between the city and PSV as a guide..."
"...City Council authorized City Manager Spencer Cronk early Friday morning to begin negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures, the group that owns the Columbus Crew and controversially wants to move the Ohio-based soccer club to Austin...."
"...City Council voted 7-4 to direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to finalize and sign an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures that should result in Austin landing its own Major League Soccer team, to play in a stadium at McKalla Place...."
"...Anthony Precourt hopes so, because after a process that began in October of 2017, the Precourt Sports Ventures CEO is closer than ever to moving his Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Crew, to Austin. The team would become the Austin FC, and their arrival would bring an end to a political saga that has generated far more excitement than many in the city anticipated...."
"...The Columbus Crew SC may not be coming to Austin after all, but several sources indicate the Austin FC will hit the new pitch at McKalla Place in the coming years. No one can say with certainty when that will happen, but a source close to the discussion between Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures said a 2019 launch date was not out of the question...."
"...The City of Columbus filed a motion Monday seeking to slow efforts by Precourt Sports Ventures to relocate the Columbus Crew SC to Austin. City Attorney Zach Klein's motion was filed as part of Ohio A.G..."
"...Item 60 would direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to "solicit plans for development" of the site, including any involving a professional sports stadium but also others that adhere to a number of city goals outlined in strategic vision documents like Imagine Austin, the North Burnet/Gateway Master Plan, and the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint. Sponsored by Leslie Pool, Alison Alter, Ora Houston, and Ellen Troxclair, the resolution prioritizes affordable housing, park space accessible to the public throughout the year, and public transit improvements, "including a train station." The resolution also directs Cronk to give private developers enough time to submit proposals with a "reasonable degree of detail," so Council can debate the merits of those proposals, including the one for a soccer stadium that's already been submitted by Precourt Sports Ventures. [inset-1-right]..."
"...Thanks to City Council's approval of a resolution directing the city manager to complete a "community engagement process" and detailed analysis of McKalla Place as a possible site for a stadium for the potentially incoming Columbus Crew, soccer fans in Austin are now one step closer to having their own top-shelf American soccer team to support. Spencer Cronk's report is due by June 1, and should (among other things) take a closer look at the community benefits outlined in a preliminary four-page proposal by Precourt Sports Ventures (which owns the Crew), including the possibility of incorporating affordable housing into the site's development plan, potential improvements to transportation infrastructure – such as a new MetroRail stop – and an analysis of the number of Austin residents who visit nearby cities to watch Major League Soccer..."
"...Anthony Precourt finds out today (Thursday) if he cleared the first political hurdle in moving his Columbus Crew MLS team to Austin, as Council will vote on two resolutions: Item 60, brought forth by Leslie Pool, which would allow developers to submit their own plans for McKalla Place; and Kathie Tovo's Item 130, directing City Manager Spencer Cronk to pursue negotiations with Precourt Sports Ventures on a potential stadium deal. (Council will also consider Item 117, to approve $200,000 in funding to retain Greenberg Traurig LLP, in the event that negotiations with PSV continue.) Item 130 was updated on Monday to include a key phrase directing Cronk to "solicit plans for the development of affordable housing on another City-owned tract."..."