by Ron Bernthal
Opened in spring 2021, Austin’s new Q2 Stadium is a modern stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place, in the North Burnet section of North Austin. The Q2 Stadium is Austin’s first major league sports stadium and home to Austin FC, one of Major League Soccer’s professional teams.
The $260 million venue rises high above its surroundings in North Austin. Designed by Gensler, one of the world’s largest architectural firms, it was their Gensler Sports division that took the lead with the project. The venue is a soccer-specific stadium built to accommodate about 25,000 spectators. The project will provide the city of Austin with a park and trail accessible to the public year- round.
Additionally, it will offer space for cultural and community events, local food and beverage options, and other amenities. The new stadium will enhance the area’s North Burnet Gateway Project and will provide another space for entertainment, leisure, and outdoor activities for residents and visitors of Austin, when not being utilized as a world-class, professional soccer venue.
Traffic, sound and light studies were conducted to ensure that the stadium complies with all standards and regulations, including walkability, easy access to public transportation, and environmental considerations.
Before Austin FC had a chance to play before their fans in the new stadium, the venue will host a game in mid-June between the U.S. women’s national team and Nigeria’s women’s national team. A capacity crowd is expected for the Q2 Stadium’s debut. Although parking at the new stadium is somewhat limited (only 800 parking spaces are available on-site) fans who live within close proximity to train services will be able to take the CapMetro Red Line directly to the Q2 once CapMetro builds a new train stop next to the stadium in the near future.